4 mln migrants illegally stay in Russia
MOSCOW, February 11 (Itar-Tass) -- Four million illegal migrants are staying in Russia. Federal Migration Service Deputy Director Anatoly Kuznetsov said on Wednesday.
"According to our estimates, most of them are employed by individuals, and existing laws do not allow them to legalise their labour relations," he said.
"This group of foreigners may be issued a special patent for legal employment by individuals and they will have to pay a fee. The relevant legislative initiative has been worked out and proposed," the official said.
Last year, territorial offices of the Federal Migration Service exposed 2.3 million administrative violations in the field of migration.
"That is 8.6 percent more than in the previous year," Kuznetsov said.
Over six billion roubles worth of fines were imposed upon violators in 2008. Of that amount, 3.2 billion roubles have been collected so far.
Kuznetsov also said that 9.165 million foreigners and stateless persons - an increase of 16.7 percent - were registered by migration authorities in 2008. One in five migrants was registered by mail.
In 2008, migration authorities also issued 2.7 million work permits to migrants, a decrease of 5 percent from 2007.