Almost 4 million people from neighboring countries live in Russia illegally - Federal Migration Service

Almost 4 million out of over 11 million migrants who currently reside in Russia, mostly from the CIS countries, live in Russia illegally, Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) deputy head of the department working with foreigners, Dmitry Demidenko, said on Thursday at hearings in the Russian Civic Chamber.

The hearings involved non-governmental associations and were dedicated to ensuring the border security of Russia.

"As of June 28, 2013, 11,193,289 immigrants are living in Russia. These are mostly citizens of the CIS. And 3.76 million out of the whole number live here illegally. We are searching for them and expel from the country as we find them," Demidenko said.

Illegal immigrants include those, whose term of stay in Russia has expired, Demidenko said.

The FMS bodies in association with internal affairs agencies and local authorities are currently holding large-scale operations to identify illegal immigrants and to expel them from Russia, Demidenko said.

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