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Labor migrants in Russia decreased by a quarter due to the pandemic
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, there were about 1,8 million labor migrants in Russia at the end of September, which is 22,5% less than last year. In the near future, experts expect a serious shortage of personnel in several industries at once.
As they write "News”, The reduction occurred in all categories of foreign workers. The number of valid work permits decreased the most - by 30% compared to September last year. Also, the number of patent workers decreased by 21,1% and the number of citizens of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union working in Russia decreased by 26%. Most of all in Russia there are citizens from neighboring countries: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Ukraine, China and others.
At the same time, the Ministry of Labor in 2020 provided 35,5 thousand quotas for attracting labor migrants in all regions of Russia. The largest number of permits were received by the Amur and Moscow regions, Khabarovsk and Primorsky regions. However, the reduction in quotas was planned - such a decision was made back in 2019.
The dynamics of labor migration is mainly due to the influence of the coronavirus pandemic - many returned to their homeland due to quarantine. However, the vacated jobs could not be occupied by the Russians. According to the chairman of the Federation Council committee on social policy Inna Svyatenko, in the near future in Russia there may be a need for labor migrants. The Ministry of Construction calculated that only construction sites in the country lack about 100 thousand workers.