The number of migrant workers in the Middle Urals rose by 63 percent last year.
In 2014, 56,446 migrants applied for work permits in the area compared to 34,639 in 2013.
The Federal Migration Service reported that it received requests for services from 11,675 migrants in 2014, particularly related to temporary shelter.
The government granted citizenship to 4,149 migrants in 2014, which was an 85 percent increase over 2013. The number of requests for temporary residency also climbed by 8.99 percent.
Whether the number of migrants will continue to climb is yet to be seen, but new immigration laws have been implemented this year, which may impact the number of citizenship requests. Foreign nationals now must pass exams to prove their knowledge of Russian history, language and legislation before being granted residency or work permits. A temporary permit is granted until the individual passes the exam.
So far, 100 people have passed the exam.
In addition, Commonwealth of Independent State residents must enter Russia on a passport. Citizens from countries outside the Common Economic Space and the Customs Union are exceptions to this law.