Russia grants equal rights to Eurasian Union citizens – pros and cons

12:11 • 18.10.14



Armenia and Russia have agreed on a joint measure to grant equal rights and conditions to employment migrants.


Speaking to Tert.am, Aram Safaryan, President of the local NGO Integration and Development,  said a corresponding document has been already coordinated with the Russian government agencies to ensure equality for the Armenians ctizens in Russia.


“Those rights imply equal employment conditions, lifting of patents and licenses, as well as a corresponding social package which particularly envisages a right to access primary healthcare and ambulance services. Besides, Armenian citizens are granted the right the free school and nursery-school attendance for their children,” he said.


Asked to comment on the amended Russian migration rules that restricted the entry of people who violated the residency terms, Safaryan said he knows that the Federal Migration Service has now launched an interagency commission to revise the dossiers of those Armenian citizens who faced entry bans earlier this year.

“It has already been announced that the cases involving spouses and parents are automatically subject to revision. And that also automatically applies to the Armenian citizens in Russia. Citizens falling within other categories have to apply to the Federal Migration Agency centers to have their cases revised by the commission within short timeframes,” he explained.

Safaryan noted that the corresponding bodies have already got the procedure underway. “Under the document already coordinated with the interested Russian ministries, the Armenian citizens are granted the right to the same employment and residency conditions as do the citizens of the [Eurasian] Customs Union member states,” he added.

Safaryan said he thinks that the Eurasian Economic Union is a step ahead compared to the Customs Union. “In the case of the Customs Union, we deal with the free movement of money, capital, goods and services. whereas in the Eurasian Economic Union, the right to free movement adds to that,” he added.


Asked whether he isn’t afraid that the measure will boost migration, Safaryan replied, “I don’t think so, because I know that thousands of people used to renounce their Armenian citizenship to become citizens of Russia under the pretext of their children’s [free] schooling opportunity, patent right etc. I believe that after the signing of this treaty [on EEU accession], the Armenian citizens will overwhelmingly stop thinking about giving up the Republic of Armenia citizenship.”

Commenting on the measure, Head of the Armenian Migration Service Gagik Yeganyan said he is aware that the united labor market and the free movement of labor force will also apply to the Armenian citizens after treaty’s effective date (January 1, 2015)


“Those rules of the game will apply to citizens of all the EEU countries. An Armenian citizen will have the same employment rights as the Russian citizen, and that will have a mutual effect,” he said, ruling out the necessity of further documentation procedures.

Yeganyan added that the entry bans resulting from irregular migration are not within the realm of the EEU authorities. “As far the the individuals facing entry bans are concerned, we send requests to our colleagues in Russia for each individual case. Based on the notice, they revise the decision,” he said, considering the Russian authorities’ agreement to reconsider the cases a manifestation of good will.


As for possible migration concerns, Yeganyan said he doesn’t think that the facilitated rules will boost exodus
 

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