Chairman of the Committee on Issues of Public Associations and Religious
Organizations Sergei Gavrilov
Sergey Anatolievich noted that “it is necessary proceed along the path of maximally removing barriers to our compatriots, Russia native speakers who want to commit their lives and the lives of their children to Russia.” The parliamentarian proposes to revise the system of regional quotas for fellow countrymen.
“It is necessary to consider a different approach, for example, when a fellow countryman agrees in advance on future work, signs a relevant document with the employer, informing authority within the Ministry of Internal Affairs for migration issues. And it will be the basis of issuing a temporary residence permit or long-term residence permit outside the quota,” — Sergei Gavrilov said.
As the member of the State Duma noted, one of the main principles of state migration policy should be regarded as the principle of “protecting labour market of the Russian Federation and the inadmissibility of unjustified gaining competitive advantages by economic operators with a help of foreign labour by establishing minimum payments (minimum wage) corresponding average values for the relevant profession in the region.”
The head of the Committee proposes to add to main priorities of implementation of the state migration policy “improvement of legal procedures for receiving the right to stay in the Russian Federation to work there related to creation of favorable conditions for highly qualified foreign citizens with competencies for which strengthening the demand in the Russian economy” and “Entry restrictions for the purpose of working of low-skilled foreign citizens”.
An important problem, according to the members of the State Duma, is the empowerment for the granting of Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure to Russian native speakers, who have cultural ties with Russia and expecting for them and their children to have in future a permanent residence and employment in the territory of the Russian Federation. Sergei Gavrilov considers the requirement of the birth of immigrants from the republics of the former USSR or their ascendants exclusively on the territory of the USSR, which is currently the territory of the Russian Federation, as unreasonable.
One of the current international problems is the situation of refugees. Parliamentarians propose to give legislative effect to criteria of classifying a foreign citizen or stateless person as refugees.
Sergei Gavrilov considers it necessary to conduct a thorough analysis of the importance of Russia's involvement in the UN Global Compact for Migration (the Global Migration Agreement, which is expected to be adopted in December 2018 at a conference in Morocco).
“Hungary, Poland, Austria, the United States do not intend to approve the text of the agreement, as it is actually aimed at promoting destructive migration processes. Unfortunately, the Global Compact has a very liberal approach for the admission of refugees. By joining the treaty, Russia will redirect the migration flows of citizens from the countries of the Middle East and Africa to our country. We cannot make the same mistakes of the leadership of Germany, Sweden and a number of other countries, we are fully aware of the negative consequences of these decisions. Instead, we must fulfill political and moral commitments to our compatriots, to Russian community,” Sergei Gavrilov concluded.