16 July 2014, 16:36

Number of Ukrainian refugees in Russia's Rostov region increases to 34,000

Number of Ukrainian refugees in Russia's Rostov region increases to 34,000

The number of Ukrainian refugees in the Rostov region has continued to increase since the beginning of this week, from 1,500 to 2,000 people per day, said Viktor Solodovnikov, the regional chief of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS).

"Currently, the number of the officially registered Ukrainian refugees arriving in the region stands at 33,809 people," he told reporters on Wednesday. Up to 600 people are moved daily into other Russian regions at the request of refugees themselves, he said.

Many people coming from Ukraine apply for temporary asylum with the FMS authorities, Solodovnikov said.

"Already around 2,000 Ukrainians have received this status since the start of emergency was declared in the Rostov region on June 4, 2014," he said.

This status enables them to obtain Russian citizenship, a work permit and health care services within a few months, the FMS regional head recalled.

In all, around 32,000 Ukrainians have applied for temporary asylum, the official said.

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