PUTIN PROMISES SOLUTION TO MIGRATION PROBLEMS

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MOSCOW, May 23 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin today promised that solutions would be found to migration problems in the country by September.

During a meeting with Komsomolskaya Pravda journalists, the president said that neither the government nor the presidential administration had yet found a solution to two problems: how to establish order in migration policy and how to create food conditions for legal immigrants.

The president said that he, the government, the presidential administration and members of parliament would reach a decision. "The most difficult task," he said, "is to ensure that the migrants adapt to the country."

The president said this was a problem for other countries and that European officials had told him that immigrants could live for 10 years in their countries without learning the language.

"There is no such problem with CIS citizens," Putin said.

The president said the country would welcome everyone who was ready to live by Russian laws.

He also said that birth rates had to be increased in the country, but no coercive measures could be taken to do so. Putin said that a big family should be seen as something to be proud of and argued that higher birth rates would lead to economic growth and greater prosperity.

However, he said that Russia currently allocated more money on repaying foreign loans than it did on education, health care and culture taken together. He said the country currently owed another $44 billion.

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