YEREVAN (Arka)—Some 220,000 Armenian citizens will have to return home because of a new Russian immigration law that came into force on Jan. 1, Armenian demographic expert Ruben Yeganyan told a news conference today.
Under the new law, migrants in Russia, including from Armenia, can remain in the territory of the Russian Federation for only 90 days within every 180-day period.
Yeganyan said to the best of his knowledge, some 500,000 Armenian citizens have been banned already from entering Russia in the next 3-5 years. In addition, another 170,000 citizens of Armenia who have violated Russian immigration laws also face a ban on entry into Russia.
Yeganyan said the vast majority of these people are labor migrants who will join the local army of jobless people once they return home to Armenia.
He said while these migrants worked in Russia, members of their families continued to live in Armenia. When back home they will have no other choice but to leave with their families for other countries for permanent residence that would further exacerbate the demographic situation in Armenia.
According to him, a favorable solution to this problem is to grant Armenian labor migrants in Russia some privileges.