Russia could ban entry to over 3 million migrants - official

Over 145,000 foreigners, who broke Russian law, have been banned entry to Russia, Dmitry Demidenko, deputy head of the Federal Migration Service department for foreigners, said.

Over 145,000 foreigners, who broke Russian law, have been banned entry to Russia, Dmitry Demidenko, deputy head of the Federal Migration Service department for foreigners, said.

"We banned entry to over 145,000 migrants since the beginning of 2013 and will continue this work," Demidenko said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper to be published on Tuesday.

The information resources of the Federal Migration Service show that the risk group comprising foreigners, who exceed the permitted time of stay and do not register their working status for further stay in Russia, is over three million people, the official said.

"All these people should be banned entry to Russia in the future," Demidenko said.

The Russian migration authorities intend to give up quotas for the employment of foreigners in the short term, Demidenko said.

"Quotas do not meet the economy's requirements already. It just complicates and makes it almost impossible for small and medium sized businesses to hire legal employees. Because it is difficult for them to go through all bureaucratic procedures and they only employ a few people," the official said.

Quotas do not comply with their purpose - they do not limit the flow of migrants, Demidenko said. "We have visa-free travel with the countries, from which the most foreign workers come to us. So we limit the inflow of legal foreign employees by introducing the quota," he said.

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