Medvedev: Appearance of ethnic enclaves in Russian big cities unacceptable

The appearance of ethnic enclaves in Russia, especially in big cities, is unacceptable, says Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"We are an open country. This is our achievement. We welcome people who come to us. But at the same time, we cannot allow the emergence of ethnic enclaves, especially in big cities, where tensions are rising," Medvedev said at the United Russia party's congress on Saturday.

The appearance of such enclaves, "on the one hand, leads to the immigrants' isolation, and on the other, prompts growth in crime, xenophobia and social tension," he said.

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