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Asia is the only region that can help to increase Russia's labor force and solve demographic problems
Asia is the only region that can help to increase Russia's labor force and solve demographic problems. This grim conclusion was made yesterday at a workshop seminar on the development of labor migration in Russia that was organized by the Moscow office of the World Bank, writes Vremya Novostei. "Our country cannot choose only Russian migrants, skilled workers who at least know Russian," said Zhanna Zainchkovskaya, director of the Migration Research Center. She believes that Kazakhstan is becoming Russia's rival because it has a more liberal migration policy. "Ukraine, which is currently supplying migrant workers to Russia, will be hungry for our labor force in five years because production is developing dynamically there," the center director said. Russia's demographic outlook is far from positive. A state with such a vast territory should think about attracting migrants, said Dr. Kristalina Georgieva, head of the World Bank office in Russia. Experts believe that the only area from which mass migration is possible is Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, with the majority of migrants from these two countries unsuited for skilled labor. China may become a non-CIS provider of migrants to Russia. "If we fear the Chinese so much, we should ponder the Filipinos and Indonesians," said Ms. Zainchkovskaya. "Russia should get ready to train them free and to clothe and feed them during the training period." "The Russian economy is a powerful magnet attracting migrants, a substantial part of them illegal ones," said Andrei Markov, senior adviser at the department of social programs of the World Bank's Moscow office. "Therefore, Russia should review its migration policy by either guiding or controlling it. Now is the time to decide."
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