Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
2nd February, 2016
About half a million Russian Germans, who had moved to Germany in the past, expressed a desire to return to Russia, said the head of the party of immigrants and migrants in Germany "Unity" (Einheit) - Dimitri Rempel.
"According to our estimates, up to 500 thousand people show an interest and are willing to leave the territory for the Russian Federation. This figure is approximate because there is no reliable information," said Rempel on the air of the Crimean radio station "Russia today".
However, he stressed that the move requires a complex programme.
"Some people already left in a rather chaotic manner, they found themselves a place to stay and faced certain problems in obtaining residence permits, health insurance. If there is a specific comprehensive program, the number of people will be comparable to the numbers that we said," said Rempel.
According to him, the Russian Germans are thinking about moving to Russia because of the difficult situation in Germany, particularly with the influx of refugees.
"The crime situation with refugees has already inspired people to think about looking for a new country where they could move. And of course, knowing the language, culture and tradition – Russia has become the most attractive country for resettlement," – said the politician.
Rempel visited Crimea on an official visit to discuss issues of cooperation in the sphere of tourism, sport and public diplomacy. Earlier on Monday, it was reported that, according to a study conducted by the Cologne Institute of German economy (IW), the placement, maintenance and integration of refugees, including language courses, will cost the German state almost 50 billion euros between 2016/2017.
Recall that on November 10th, the European border Agency Frontex reported that the external borders of the European Union, from 1st January to 1st November 2015, saw 1.2 million illegal migrants cross, which is an absolute record in the history of the EU. Frontex did not give any estimates about the number of cases that could not be resolved by the European border authorities. The European Commission stated that the EU is experiencing the largest migration crisis since the Second world war.