Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the number of immigrants to Russia has decreased dramatically over the past year, and is insufficient to implement the country’s ambitious projects.
Peskov told reporters today, Thursday:
“I cannot help but point out the reality of the fact that the number of immigrants coming to our country has become very little over the past year. In fact, we do not have enough of these immigrants to implement our ambitious plans.”
Earlier, the Russian Interior Ministry reported that the number of illegal immigrants working in the country decreased by 40% last year.
The ministry explained that after the number of immigrants residing in the country usually ranged between 9 to 11 million people in previous years, their number decreased last year to about 5.5 million people, of whom about 900,000 had permanent or temporary residence permits.
The interior indicated that most of the foreigners entering Russia are citizens of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States.