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Waiting To Be Expelled From Siberia

Russia's Federal Migration Service estimates that as many as 3 million labor migrants are working or seeking work illegally in Russia. The huge number of migrants has fueled a nationalistic backlash, often directed against migrants from Central Asia, and prompted authorities to step up efforts to catch and deport suspected illegal workers. In the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, dozens of detained migrants from Central Asia are waiting in limbo at a local police station before being sent back to their home countries. (9 PHOTOS)

A police officer waits as a detained illegal migrant from Central Asia speaks on the phone before her deportation.
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A police officer waits as a detained illegal migrant from Central Asia speaks on the phone before her deportation.

A detained illegal immigrant waits in a holding cell at a police station in Krasnoyarsk.
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A detained illegal immigrant waits in a holding cell at a police station in Krasnoyarsk.

Illegal immigrants, mainly from former Soviet republics, wait in a holding cell.
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Illegal immigrants, mainly from former Soviet republics, wait in a holding cell.

Detained illegal immigrants await deportation.
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Detained illegal immigrants await deportation.

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Detained migrants fill out paperwork in a holding cell.
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Detained migrants fill out paperwork in a holding cell.

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A Central Asian woman fills out forms before her deportation.
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A Central Asian woman fills out forms before her deportation.

Migrants board a police van before being deported from Russia.
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Migrants board a police van before being deported from Russia.

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