RUSSIA: Immigration chiefs back proposed language test for prospective
In an effort to tighten up immigration, the
government has proposed mandatory language requirements that foreigners must
meet before they will be allowed to work in Russia. In the proposed rules, those
who intend to work in Russia for longer than one year will be required to take a
language test that shows competence in the Russian language.
An exception to this rule would be for those
who work for foreign firms or companies.
The proposed rule is in response to mounting
resentment for those who do not speak the language which has resulted in
racially motivated attacks. In recent years, there has been a rise in migration
by those from ex-Soviet republics, many of them who are Muslim.
Russia has been amending its laws in order to
deal with increasing migration by those who wish to take part in the economic