The situation in Ukraine is developing negatively and the number of Ukrainians seeking asylum in Russia is up, Russian Federal Migration Service Head Konstantin Romodanovsky said.
"The situational development promises us nothing iridescent. We think that this process will not stop quickly. The number of applicants will increase dramatically," Romodanovsky said at a meeting with migration service heads of Hungary and Slovakia in Troitsk on Tuesday.
The number of Ukrainian citizens seeking refugee status and asylum in Russia has already tripled on average, Romodanovsky said.
At the same time, the number of applications for migration filed by Ukrainian citizens went up 30-fold in St. Petersburg and ten-fold in Moscow, he said.
"This year we have a difficult issue related to Ukraine. This concerns metropolitan cities and regions bordering Ukraine, where people are trying to get a status for long-term stay and residence in Russia in every way. People do not want to return to where they came from," Romodanovsky said.
Ukrainian, Syrian and Afghani citizens lead among those seeking temporary asylum and refugee status in Russia, he said.
Over 2,000 Ukrainians applied for refuge in Russia in 2014 so far, the Federal Migration Service press office told Interfax on April 30.
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