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Putin proposes strict immigration law

Jan. 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

MOSCOW, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed strict immigration regulations Thursday, including swift expulsion of illegals.

Putin proposed those expelled be banned for as long as 10 years. Owners of "rubber homes," where migrants can obtain illegal papers, would face charges as well as those who employ the illegals.

"Russia is not going to shut itself off, isolate itself from anybody, but what we definitely need is to set higher standards on the quality of migration policy, including the regulation of labor migration," Putin told RIA Novosti

Less than a week ago, Putin wrote an article on the issues facing a multi-ethnic Russia in which he said migrants should respect the customs of the places to which they immigrate. He also proposed mandatory exams in Russian, history and basic Russian law for migrants from 2013 onward to help them adapt to society.

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