Poll: More Russians call for restrictions on migration

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Aug. 30, 2012, 2:18 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

A Federal Migration Service officer checks the identification papers of a resident of a Chinese hostel.

Only 20% of Russians raise no objections to migration and suggest the authorities take advantage of it, while 70% call for limiting the arrival of labor migrants by administrative means, the Levada Center told Interfax on Thursday.

The poll was held in 130 towns and cities in 45 regions in August.

The number of people supporting barriers to migration has grown by 18% over the past four years (from 52% in 2008). The number of Russians who think there should be no barriers for the country's benefit dipped from 35% to 20%.

Most of the respondents called for limiting migration from the Caucasus (42%), China (37%) and former Soviet Central Asian republics (35%). Many Russians do not want Vietnamese migrants (31%) and Roma people (29%).

Thirteen percent call for limiting the residence of all nationalities but Russians in the country, while 18% say there must be no such limitations.

At the same time, 55% of the respondents objected to the slogan "Russia for the Russians" (the indicator stood at 34% in 2011 and 41% in 2009). The number of slogan supporters declined from 64% to 41% over the past three years, the sociologists told Interfax.

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