Thursday, November 23, 2017

Yekaterinburg city officials meet to discuss methods to curb illegal immigration

The Yekaterinburg administration held a meeting with several other municipal departments on Tuesday to discuss ways to curb illegal immigration.

Earlier this year, police carried out the three-week targeted "Illegal 2014" operation, during which it uncovered 319 violations of immigration laws. Of the violations, 142 foreign nationals were charged with violating rules of entry, 32 were charged with violation of employment, and 145 were charged with other offenses, Ekburg.ru reports.

As part of the operation, municipal authorities have deported 65 foreign nationals from Yekaterinburg and collected fines totaling $8,000 for immigration-related infractions.

As a result of the operation, area police departments developed operational search groups which identify illegal immigrants more quickly and allow officials to determine a foreign national's play of residence and employment more quickly, according to Ekburg.ru.

Through the operational search groups, police have initiated 17 criminal cases of which four deal with providing authorities with incorrect information to obtain immigration documents and 13 deal with forging such documents.

Thus far in 2014, police have identified 404 crimes related to immigration document forgeries and 564 administrative offenses related to allowing illegal immigrants to continue to reside in Yekaterinburg, Ekburg.ru reports.

In total, 351 crimes were committed in Yekaterinburg by illegal immigrants in 2014-- a decrease of 10 percent over the same period of 2013.