Vladimir Zorin: Migration policy of the Russian Federation follows national interest

Vladimir Zorin: Migration policy of the Russian Federation follows national interest

The migration policy of the Russian authorities not only solves the problem of creating conditions for economic development, but also has in mind the national security of Russia. This was told to Vestnik Kavkaza by the deputy director of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a member of the Council on International Relations under the Russian President, Vladimir Zorin.

"The authorities are guided by official documents: there is a concept of the migration policy of the Russian Federation, approved by the president in the summer of 2012, a strategy of state ethnic policy, where one of the proclaimed goals is the adaptation and integration of migrants," he said.

"The main task of Russian migration policy to date, according to these documents is, on the one hand, to promote the development of the Russian economy, attracting a labor force, including skilled people who know and respect our traditions. On the other hand, it is to ensure national security," the deputy director of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology said.

The country's leadership, he said, is aware of all the risks associated with labor migration, and is taking steps to prevent possible problems. "We cannot do without migrant workers, if we are a developing country, particularly against the background of the demographic trends that we are experiencing. But we can make sure that the migration is not a risk factor, but a factor of economic development. And we are working at state and expert levels in this direction," Vladimir Zorin concluded.

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