According to official data, Uzbekistan is the leader among the former Soviet Union countries by the number of migrant workers in the Russian Federation. Federal Migration Service (FMS) of Russia accounts more than 2 million 700 thousand of those, whereas according to unofficial data, about 5 million.
According to the Russian Federal Migration Service and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Uzbek migrant workers began en-masse repatriation at the same time with the change of Russian ruble exchange rate. The agencies have also noted that crime rate in Uzbek cities is rising in recent months.The exact number of returning migrant workers is unknown, officials insist that the number can go well above hundreds of thousands. Often times returning people settle in large cities, and that affects the crime rate situation.
A program to create an additional 400,000 jobs has been passed the Parliament of the Republic.
In addition, it is reported that the Uzbek banks will allocate migrants small loans that can be spent on starting business.
At the last meeting of the Uzbek-Russian inter-governmental commission, questions of regulation of the labor migration and social protection of migrants in Russia were discussed between two sides.
Reported by Life Uz