Russia to set up 81 centers for migrants - Federal Migration Service

Russia is due to open 81 special centers for illegal migrant workers, head of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) Konstantin Romodanovsky has said.

Russia is due to open 81 special centers for illegal migrant workers, head of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) Konstantin Romodanovsky has said.

"Half of the centers will be built anew and the other half will come from the police. The regions are building, setting up and equipping them," he said in an interview published in Kommersant daily on Monday.

Romodanovsky said that substitute camps like the one closed in Moscow's Golyanovo district cannot resolve the problem.

"That was a temporary and uncivilized solution that can do nobody good, only bad, and is harmful in terms of image as well. I am against that. They [accommodation centers] should be built primarily so that people would be kept there as humans, not animals," he said.

Romodanovsky noted that international standards should be observed in setting up new centers for migrant workers - there should be territory for taking walks outdoors and a more moderate regimen.

He also spoke about the stark shortage of such facilities in Moscow.

"The head of the city FMS is struggling to increase their number. The city administration hears us and offers help," Romodanovsky added.

Earlier reports said that Moscow plans to open a new center for foreign citizens accommodating up to 2,000 people by the end of the year.

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