Worker migrants in Russia – 40% of them lost their job. Those who stay and those who leave.
According to a survey conducted by the RANEPA (the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, located in Moscow), about 40% migrants have lost their job during the confinement measures in Russia (while it conscerns 20% for Russian workers). Among those who kept their job, some claim to be ready to resign in masse in view of the significant drop in their wages, for example in Moscow or in the oblast Amur.
Contrary to what the media and politicians has claimed to predict, criminality has also significantly decreased in the country.
The patent system has been streamlined – and most Central Asian citizens in Russia can extend their residence and working permit for free until September 15th, 2020. Putin has also stressed that Russia needs migrant workers.
For Central Asian governments, the priority has been given to the repatriation of their dead citizens and of their citizens sitting in detention centers. Now that the Russian borders have reopened, many Central Asian citizens try to go back to their homeland, but face obstacles due to rising costs. The embassies of Central Asian republics in Russia have opened registration lists, giving priority to women with young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with serious illnesses. Yet they soon became overwhelmed – the Embassy of Tajikistan suspended the registration list 9 days after opening it.