Russia began to issue its passports. The majority of new citizens – Ukrainians

Russia became the two and a half times more likely to grant citizenship, from the data that are published by the Ministry of internal Affairs of the country.

In January-March 2020 the Russian citizenship were 161 170 foreigners, whereas in the same period of 2019 – 63 249.

Analysts international audit and consulting network FinExpertiza have analyzed the statistics of recent years and said the Agency RBCthat the issuing of Russian passports to foreigners is continuously growing in 2017.

In 2016, the Russian citizenship granted of 265.3 thousand persons in 2017 – 257,8 thousand in 2018 – 269,4 million, 2019 – 497,8 thousand

Most received Russian passports – citizens of Ukraine. From the beginning of 2016 Russian citizenship adopted 676,8 thousand Ukrainian (46,6% of the total number of recipients of Russian passports). In second place – the natives of Russia (12,9%), the third – Tajikistan (10%).

The Agency noted that the share of Ukrainians who want to obtain Russian citizenship, for the last year has increased: in 2019 it has grown to 60% in the first quarter of 2020, reaching 67%. This is due to the fact that from 2019 the interior Ministry began to provide citizenship to the inhabitants of the occupied Russian areas of Donbass.

May 1, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the introduction of a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to residents ORDO; 17 July – the decree on simplified obtaining Russian citizenship for all residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine called the decree “null and void” and does not change the identity of the inhabitants of the territories occupied by Russia to the Ukrainian citizenship. In April 2020, Putin signed a law allowing foreigners to obtain Russian citizenship without renunciation of foreign.

Russia’s population now stands at about 146 million people. At the end of 2018 in the Russian Federation approved a new state migration policy concept for the years 2019-2025, which aims to attract new citizens. The Russian government has not officially addressed the number of people that want to move to Russia from other countries, but according to the former Deputy Director of the Federal migration service, a specialist in migration law Vyacheslav postavnina, we are talking about 5-10 million people.

“Since last year began the trend to increase the number of people receiving citizenship, due to the difficult demographic situation. Until in the region of 200–300 thousand persons a year were given”, – he said RBC.

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