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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Mayor Calls for Lower Migrant Quota

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov is looking to reduce next year's quota for migrant laborers in the city by 50,000, to 200,000 people, he told a city hall meeting Tuesday.

The quota must be reduced from this year's 250,000 people, Luzhkov said, Interfax reported.

Luzhkov added that he had requested that migration officials reduce next year's quota but that they had "stifled" the discussion of his proposal several times and had not yet replied to it, Interfax reported.

The quota for 2009 was reduced from 600,000 people in 2008, Itar-Tass reported Tuesday, citing city hall data.

The city will "probably" have fewer migrants this year than the quota allows for, Oleg Netrebsky, chief of the city's employment department, said Tuesday at the same meeting, RIA-Novosti reported.

The mayor declared the necessity to control the inflow of illegal migrants, pointing to the fact that migrants committed 36 percent of crimes in the city this year.

According to city hall data, the majority of the city's migrant labor force comes to Moscow from former Soviet nations, including Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Moldova and Azerbaijan, while the largest numbers of temporary workers from countries that have visa regimes with Russia come from China, Turkey, Britain, Germany and the United States, Itar-Tass said.