March 9, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
–RiaNovosti – Translated by James Harmon
Close to 150 thousand Russians have returned home from abroad in the last year, with one in five coming from the EU, writes the newspaper “Izvestia” . They cited data from the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Nationals are currently returning to Russia due to take part in the voluntary resettlement program.
“The trend is evident, as I personally know of more than 20 people who are planning to move to Russia”, stated a man who has lived in Paris for over 20 years, to the publication.
“In Germany, I realized that I had much less prospects for employment than in Russia,” – lamented another Russian, who returned to his homeland after 12 years of living in Germany.
Analysts predict the number of those wishing to leave the European Union and repatriate back to Russia will increase. This will happen exponentially if the political situation does not improve in Europe. Due to the current events it appears this trend will continue for quite some time.
The number of granted Russian citizenship has increased by 21% in 2016, according to RT citing Interior Ministry data.
For example, last year Russian citizenship was given to 265,319 people, while in 2015 – 209,799 people.