Russian minister wants North Caucasus to be priority for immigration
Russian Minister for Regional Development Igor Slyunyayev said at a meeting with Cossack chieftains and priests that regions of the North Caucasus should a priority for settlement of compatriots migrating to Russia, Interfax reports.
He clarified that the concept of the priority territories includes the Trans-Baikal and Far East Regions. The minister wants the North Caucasus, especially the Stavropol Territory, to be one of the priorities.
Slyunyayev noted that about 250,000 compatriots had moved to Russia in the past seven years and about 25 million wanted to do so.
Metropolitan Kirill, Bishop of Stavropol and Nevinnomyssk, said that about 2,000 Russian-speaking families wanted to move to the Stavropol Territory from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. He added that 3-10 Cossack settlements could be built for them.
According to statistics, about a fourth of all forced migrants settled in North Ossetia and Ingushetia in January-September 2013.