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The head of Russia's Federation of Migrants has written to President Vladimir Putin on behalf of all foreign workers asking him to grant an amnesty to the country's millions of illegal immigrants, Izvestia newspaper reported on Wednesday.

MOSCOW, February 20 (RIA Novosti) - The head of Russia's Federation of Migrants has written to President Vladimir Putin on behalf of all foreign workers asking him to grant an amnesty to the country's millions of illegal immigrants, Izvestia newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Muhammad Amin Majumder said in his letter there are around 10 million immigrants illegally working in Russia who could be contributing tax revenue to the Russian economy if they were legalized. The best solution would be to grant amnesty to all illegal immigrants, Majumder wrote.

Immigrants “are ready to pay taxes and to respect Russian laws and traditions,” he said, adding the Russian budget loses “several billion rubles every year due to the shadow economy and the growing level of illegal immigration.”

According to Izvestia, some deputies of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, supported the idea. But Dmitry Sablin of United Russia, a deputy chairman of the Duma's CIS Committee, said an amnesty should only apply to immigrants who are employed.

Similar amnesties in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States have yielded positive results, former Deputy Director of the Federal Migration Service Vyacheslav Postavnin told Izvestia.

However, another expert, Yury Krupnov, argued that “these kinds of steps will only maintain and even encourage illegal immigration, instead of fighting it.”

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the letter, saying he had not yet seen it, Izvestia reported.

The Federal Migration Service also declined to comment, saying it had not yet seen Majumder's letter.

 

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Vladimir Putin, immigrants, amnesty, State Duma, Muhammad Amin Majumder
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  • slimyfox
    Russia should not grant them amnesty as they are already criminals who knew what they are doing. They had opportunity to ask for working permit and then all would be clear. Imagine if someone comes onto your land hides somewhere and steals your food and rest and then after years of robbing you he is asking you to grant him residency. Now beside breaking several laws by staying they also stolen state tax money and if 10 million of thieves denied Russia government tax let us say 1000 USD per year than we are having 100 billion of stolen money from taxes in a period of 10 years. Will they be prepared each to pay taxes plus interest rate which are in such cases up to 29% PA (credit cards overdraft) for each year they stayed. I doubt as accrued interest rates would render these debts extremely high.

    Criminals should not seek any benefits from the country, they should be expelled a.s.a.p.
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