95% Russian natives returning to Russia are from CIS countries – Federal Migration Service

Map of Western CIS/FSU and European Environs

(Interfax – MOSCOW, September 24, 2013) Over 18,000 applications of those wishing to move back to Russia within the framework of the state program to assist the voluntarily return of Russian natives from abroad were submitted in 2013.

“Over 18,000 applications were taken this year. An analysis of the applications shows that the majority of (Russians) are of employable age. So, over 35% of those moving back are young people aged between 18 and 30, 53.2% people aged between 40 and 65,” the materials, which were released during a meeting of the committee on the implementation of a new reading of the state program to bring Russians back from abroad, said.

The meeting was led by Federal Migration Service Head Konstantin Romodanovsky.

“The highest potential for migration of fellow citizens rests in the CIS – about 95% of those returning are citizens of these very states. Besides, fellow citizens come back to Russia from the Baltic states and other European Union countries – Germany, Poland and Portugal. Cases of returning Russians from North and South America can also be observed,” the materials said.

The state program to assist the voluntarily return of Russian natives from abroad was passed in 2006. The program has been amended by the Russian authorities and has become unlimited in terms of time.