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Russia Hopes New Law Will Solve Tajik Migrants' Problems

Tajik migrant workers in Russia (file photo)

Tajik migrant workers in Russia (file photo)

DUSHANBE -- The deputy chief of Russia's Federal Migration Service says a new law on foreigners that is expected to be adopted in Russia soon will help solve many problems faced by Tajik workers.

A migration service delegation arrived in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, on March 10 to discuss the new legislation.

Anatoly Kuznetsov told RFE/RL's Tajik Service that the new law would allow Tajik nationals to buy a one-year work permit for the equivalent of $30.

He added that it would also be possible for Tajiks with higher education degrees and fluency in Russian, as well as their family members, to obtain Russian residence permits before leaving Tajikistan for Russia.

Jamshed Rahimov of the Tajik Ministry of Social Protection, who met with the Russian delegation, told RFE/RL that such issues as Tajik migrants' safety and rights in Russia remain a big issue.

The number of hate attacks against Central Asian laborers in Russia's cities and towns has skyrocketed, with dozens of Tajiks being killed or injured.

There are hundreds of thousands of Tajiks working in Russia.