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Penza region accepted over 12,500 refugees from Ukraine since early 2014

11:41 | 24.08.2015 | Society


Penza, 24 August 2015. PenzaNews. The Penza region has accepted a total of 12,638 Ukrainian citizens, who were forced to leave their country, between January 1, 2014, and August 17, 2015, the regional Labor Ministry head Elena Stolyarova announced during the regular meeting session of the regional government held on Monday, August 24.

The regional Labor Ministry head Elena Stolyarova

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“7,821 people registered in the migration services in 2014, and 4,817 more Ukrainian citizens did so this year as of August 1, including about 1,000 children under 18. 994 children, to be exact,” she said.

1,211 people were transferred to Penza with the help of the Russian EMERCOM and Federal Migration Service, which constitutes 53% of the region’s maximum quota at 2,286 people, Elena Stolyarova added.

“284 of them moved out of the Penza region. These are the citizens that moved to Vorkuta, Ekaterinburg, Kemerovo. The miners or the citizens with mine management and upkeep experience,” explained the head of the regional Labor Ministry.

According to Elena Stolyarova, 1,010 people received temporary refuge, 683 were provided temporary residence rights, 45 Ukrainian refugees were granted residence permits, and 533 more became Russian citizens.

“At the moment, the six temporary refuge sites set up in the Penza region hold 259 people, including 84 children, 18 elderly persons, two disabled persons, and three single mothers with children under three years old,” she listed the statistics.

After her report, the acting governor of the Penza region Ivan Belozertsev asked the Labor Ministry head about the children refugees, their school education that should begin on September 1, and the way the authorities work with them.

As Elena Stolyarova explained, the school age children are immediately and permanently assigned to the nearby schools as soon as they arrive in the region.

The speed of the process is further facilitated by the fact that the new refugees arrive at the site in the Akhuny residential area that has already streamlined the necessary procedures to help people coming from Ukraine find refuge, she added.

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