Since signing the Geneva Convention on the rights of immigrantsand refugees, Russia has become a transit country for illegalmigration from poor Asian countries to the West, Federal MigrationService Director Tatyana Regent told Independent TV August 6. On the black market, a counterfeit invitation to Russia now coststhe immigrant $10, but after that he must pay up to $5,000 fora counterfeit invitation to a West European country. Accordingto Regent, Russia has no real mechanism to deal with refugeeswho use Russia as a transit route to the West. In Regent’s view,Boris Yeltsin’s recent decree, which provides for lifting politicalasylum from refugees abusing it, is insufficient for coping withthe problem.
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