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    Putin Says Russia Needs Federal Authority in Charge of Migrants' Integration

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    Vladimir Putin said that there is a need to designate a federal authority in charge of social and cultural integration of migrants.

    ASTRAKHAN (Sputnik) There is a need to designate a federal authority in charge of social and cultural integration of migrants, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

    "Particular attention should be paid to the development of legislation in the field of state national policy, including the issue of social and cultural adaptation of migrants," Putin said.

    He added that the integration of foreigners needed to be guided by special laws and professionals with expertise in this field.

    "Currently, this area is not provided with adequate legal regulations, organizational and economic tools. It is necessary to define the federal authority responsible for this area, experts in the field are needed as well," he noted.

    Putin attended on Monday a meeting of the Presidential Council for Interethnic Relations, which is an advisory body tasked with improving the state policy on interethnic relations.

    He underscored the role of Russian nonprofits working with interethnic organizations to preserve the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity.

    "The services they provide have not yet been added to the list of activities benefiting the society and, therefore, they cannot enjoy the benefits given to socially-oriented organizations. This can be a problem, or at least a deterrent," the president emphasized.

    Putin criticized Europe’s migration policy as "not the best" way of dealing with growing migrant inflows as evidenced by crimes attributed to immigrants coming to the European Union.

    "Let’s proceed from our own experience because the European experience does not look like the best option at the moment," he said.

    Putin referred to Russia’s thousand-year-long experience of different ethnic and religious groups living peacefully side by side. He said there were still debates going on about how many minority ethnic groups Russia is home to, with estimates ranging between 93 and 169.

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