Medvedev: Foreign citizens must not form enclaves in Russia

Russia should give the green light to professionally trained foreign migrants and prevent the formation of foreign enclaves on its territory, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the government on Thursday.

"[Migrants] should be hired whenever there is no demand for jobs by Russian citizens," he said.

"It is important to prevent negative phenomena, such as the formation of enclaves by foreign citizens. That is a negative thing," he said.

The state migration policy "so far fails to meet this goal and global transformations," he said. "Hence, we should drastically change management of migration processes."

The migration policy concept's implementation "must, on one hand, strengthen law and order and punish migration law violators up to criminal prosecution," the premier said. "On the other hand, we must create additional preferences for law-abiding citizens, skilled foreign labor forces in demand on the market. Certainly, we should give the green light to foreign businessmen, specialists, professionally trained people, students and researchers and should encourage migration of students."

"Our key task is to create a civilized balanced workforce market, which we have not done yet, and provide our economy with a qualified workforce," Medvedev added. "Immigration processes are of a permanent nature. We do not need to fear them, but we need to manage them."

Russia has more than ten million immigrants. "On the other hand, it is comparable with the population of a large city like Moscow," Medvedev said.

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