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Illegal immigration to Russia

Illegal immigration to Russia (and the former Soviet Union) has been ongoing since the Great Depression. Source countries during that time included Finland, Poland, Sweden, and Germany. [1]

There are currently[timeframe?] an estimated 4 million illegal immigrants from the former Soviet states in the Russian Federation.[2][verification needed]

In 2012, the Russian Federal Security Service's Border Service stated there had been an increase in illegal migration from former Soviet states, such as Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. Under legal changes made in 2012, illegal immigrants who are caught will be banned from reentering the country for ten years.[3][4][5]

The problem has become so severe it has caused a rise in Russian nationalism, and spawned groups like Movement Against Illegal Immigration,[6][7] which was banned by the Moscow City Court in 2011 on the grounds that it "ignites inter-ethnic hatred."[8]

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  1. ^ "Illegal Emigration to the U.S.S.R. During the Great Depression".
  2. ^ "Новости :: ФМС: в РФ нелегально работают 3 млн трудовых мигрантов, остальные 4 млн "халтурят" с налогами". Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Migration law violators to be banned from entering Russia – Putin". Russia Today. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  4. ^ "Illegal immigrants can be barred from Russia for 5-10 years". The Voice of Russia. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  5. ^ "Russia closed for immigration?". Russia Beyond The Headlines. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  6. ^ "The Backlash Against Immigration in Russia". Newsweek. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  7. ^ "Some 500 illegal immigrants from Vietnam arrested in Moscow". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  8. ^ "Court bans Russian anti-illegal immigration movement". Russia Today. April 18, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2015.