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Job woes hit migrant workers in Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on July 13, 2009

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news.bbc.co.uk
Migrant workers have been crowding trains home from Moscow

Millions of migrant workers live in Russia, with many of them coming from Central Asia, especially Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

This has led to a big reduction in the amount of money sent back to Central Asia. Tajikistan relies on such remittances for around one-third of its income, but the International Organisation for Migration says Tajik remittances could fall by up to 30% this year.But since the onset of the global economic crisis many of them have lost their jobs.

Martin Vennard has been speaking to Central Asians in Moscow about their situation.

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Guest-worker brutally slays pregnant woman in Moscow

Posted by Kris Roman on February 1, 2009

 

The Moscow police arrested a 23-year-old national of Uzbekistan (an Asian republic of the former USSR) in the center of Moscow. The man was charged with the murder of a pregnant woman. He strangled her with his belt, the police said. “The unemployed man tried to rob the woman, but she showed resistance to him,” a police officer said.

Moscow law-enforcement agencies say that they are expecting an outburst of lawlessness among migrants against the background of the current economic crisis.

Passers-by found the body of the 32-year-old Muscovite on January 13. Forensic experts said that the woman had died of the mechanical asphyxia – she was strangled. The murderer was dragging the victim on the ground for a long time. The woman’s clothes were all covered with dirty snow and blood. The criminal finally strangled the woman with his belt.

The woman was eight months pregnant. She already had a 10-year-old daughter.

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Jobless Muscovites must have privilege to migrants in employment – Moscow Mayor Luzhkov

Posted by Kris Roman on December 30, 2008

 

Itar-Tass

Muscovites who lost their jobs must be given privilege to migrants in employment in the municipal services, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov told the meeting of the municipal government on Tuesday.

“I will meet today with the head of the Migration Service and I will insist that the decision of the head of the Russian government to cut the quota for migrants by half be implemented,” Luzhkov said. “We must urgently take measures and alter the migration laws,” Luzhkov went on. “I will make him see how Muscovites react to this – they demand that the number of migrants be reduced and our workers take their places.”

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Migrant workers face jobs axe

Posted by Kris Roman on December 11, 2008

Russia may halve the labour quotas for CIS migrant workers next year as pressure mounts to protect jobs for Russian citizens.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has decreed that the 2009 quota for migrant workers can be cut – or raised – by 50 percent. That means the quota of 4 million could be slashed to as little as 2 million – or raised to 6 million, depending on the demand for labour from employers across Russia.

Previously, the quota included an option to recruit 30 per cent more workers from CIS countries. 

In previous years, quotas have risen to meet demand for cheap labour in Russia’s growing economy. But with the economic slowdown, companies are now laying off thousands of migrant workers in manual jobs such as construction.

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Russia for immigrants: hell or heaven?

Posted by Kris Roman on May 24, 2008

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http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/25202

There are fears in some parts of Russia that illegal immigration may grow unless official quotas are increased. Millions of migrants, mostly from former-soviet republics, live and work in Russia. Several regions have already reached their quota for foreign workers.

Moscow is a magnet for workers as it’s seen as the best place to earn a living both by migrants and Russians. So the jobs Muscovites shun, usually in low paid service industries, are taken up by those from the country’s other regions and the CIS states.  

Many say there is nothing to do in their own republics as there are no prospects there – this is the view Armenian Aleksandr Aleksanyan, a cook in a Moscow restaurant, also shares. He moved to Russia’s capital together with his family seven years ago.

Despite irregular working hours and a salary much lower than that of the locals, he would never go back. His boss Oleg Ermolaev is happy with Aleksandr, but could do with more like him. It’s this kind of employers who apply to the immigration service to allow them to hire migrant workers. 

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Kyrgyzstan says Russian officer “accidentally shot” by traffic cop

Posted by Kris Roman on April 22, 2008

Kyrgyzstan’s Interior Ministry said on Monday a Russian airbase serviceman hospitalized after a clash with a Kyrgyz traffic policeman was accidentally shot.

The ministry earlier said the officer and a fellow Russian base serviceman, along with a Kyrgyz national, ignored police orders to stop their vehicle on Sunday. They were chased by police and forced to stop near the Kant airbase, about 20 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.

“A traffic police officer approached the car and demanded ID,” Deputy Interior Minister Temirkan Subanov said. “The serviceman behind the wheel refused to comply, insulted the officer, and attempted to seize his gun.”

Subanov said the Kyrgyz officer fired his gun inadvertently in the ensuring clash. The gun was cocked as he had earlier fired several warning shots into the air, the deputy minister said.

The Russian Embassy in Bishkek said on Sunday that the Russians had been attacked for an unknown reason, and that one of the attackers had shot the serviceman several times while he was lying on the ground. The embassy has demanded an investigation into the incident.

The condition of Maxim Zotov, 24, the head of the Russian airbase’s financial service brought to a Bishkek hospital with a bullet wound to his right lung and spleen and rib fractures, remains serious, but that he has “shown signs of recovery,” the country’s Health Ministry said on Monday.

A senior Kyrgyz Interior Ministry official engaged in the investigation said the use of weapons was justified.

 

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