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Migrant Workers Barred From Jobs In Russian Region

A Russian region in Siberia is barring migrant workers from a number of jobs in what appears to be an effort to address unemployment during an economic downturn.

The resolution issued on August 15 by Novosibirsk Oblast Governor Vladimir Gorodetsky bars migrants from working in schools or in the fishing, mining, and timber industries.

Migrants will also no longer be able to work legally for companies that make baby food or as bus or taxi drivers, accountants, lawyers, or secretaries.

The resolution, which goes into effect in three months, gave no explanation for the widespread ban.

Like many Russian regions, the Novosibirsk Oblast that borders Kazakhstan has seen an influx of tens of thousands of migrant workers from former Soviet states in Central Asia, mainly Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

The region in southwestern Siberia is centered on the city of Novosibirsk, which is Russia's third-largest and nicknamed the "Capital of Siberia."

Based on reporting by AP, TASS, and Interfax

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