Several million foreigners work in Russia illegally

More than ten million foreigners are staying in Russia, Federal Migration Service head Konstantin Romodanovsky said at the government meeting on Thursday.

"According to our database, more than 10 million foreign citizens are staying in Russia now. Forty-two percent of them are not working; 17% have legal jobs and the permitted period of stay of 21% has expired. We suspect the latter of illegal work," he said.

Russia offered preferences to highly-skilled labor force and patents to foreign migrants on July 1, 2010, he recalled. "Since then the number of legal foreign labor force has more than doubled. Slightly less than 33,000 highly-skilled professionals have been hired," he said.

"More than 100,000 temporary residence permits and 50,000 permanent residence permits have been issued in the past six months, and 45,500 people have been naturalized. More than 300,000 foreigners were held liable in the past six months," he said.

The Federal Migration Service uses its database to keep out foreigners who had faced administrative charges. "More than 37,500 foreigners had been denied entry to Russia as of July 1, 2012," he said.

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