The 70th session of the Executive Committee of the Program of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, dedicated to the fight against statelessness, is being held in the Swiss city of Geneva. Police Major-General Valentina Kazakova, Chief of the MIA of Russia Main Directorate for migration, is taking part in it.
In her report, the MD Chief noted the efforts of our country to return refugees to their countries of origin, including Syria, and also spoke about measures taken in the Russian Federation to reduce the number of stateless people living on its territory.
In particular, since 2002, from the moment the Federal Law “On Citizenship of the Russian Federation” entered into force, and to the present day, more than 800 thousand stateless persons have become Russian citizens.
In 2012, such persons received the right to acquire the citizenship of the Russian Federation without additional administrative procedures, which to date has been used by more than 50 thousand people.
In addition, a procedure is currently being developed for regulating the legal status of stateless persons who stay in the Russian Federation without identification documents.
In conclusion, Valentina Kazakova emphasized that the Russian Federation supported the efforts of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and its special program to eradicate statelessness by 2024.
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