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    ILO TO HANDLE RUSSIA'S FORCED LABOUR PROBLEM

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 4. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- The International Labour Organisation is going to look into what has caused the emergence of forced labour in today's Russia, a spokesman for ILO has said.

    The programme is linked to illegal migration, Roger Plant, head of the ILO Programme for Special Action on Forced Labour, said at the news conference in Moscow. Russia will hold the "the key place" in studies to be carried out by the ILO specialists as a country receiving labour migrants and itself supplying illegal workforce to the world market, Roger Plant said.

    Taking the floor at the news conference, Yelena Tyulyukanova of the Moscow-based Institute for Socio-Economic Problems of Population said that the tendency of growth of illegal migration to Russia will remain in the near future. The researcher said that the period of intensive growth of such migration, falling on the late 90s, is now over though labour migrants from countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and foreign countries, mostly South-East Asian, will continue to arrive.

    Two thirds of the labour migrants to Russia are CIS nationals, Tyulyukanova said.

    Data of a public opinion poll carried out by the Russian Institute of Comparative Labour Relations Studies were made public at the press conference. Over half of labour migrants to Russia think their work here is strenuous, about 40 percent have not been instructed on safety engineering, over 40 percent have no means of individual protection. The poll was held among Tajik workers in the construction industry.

    "Employers manipulate people and treat them as their property" commented Olga Vinokurova of the same institute on results of the poll.

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