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Over 17,000 move from Kazakhstan to Russia since 2006: diplomat

(Xinhua)

14:11, March 02, 2012

ALMATY, March 1 (Xinhua) -- More than 17,000 people have moved from Kazakhstan to the Russian Federation since 2006 under a compatriots program, a Russian diplomat said here Thursday.

But Viktor Zavyalov, Russia's consul general here, said the share of emigrants from the consular district remained relatively small at, 1,712.

"The State Program for Assisting Compatriots Residing Abroad in Voluntary Resettlement in the Russian Federation" has been in action since June 22, 2006, and more regions in Russia welcome and provide benefits to the ex-compatriots," he said in an interview with Interfax-Kazakhstan.

Zavyalov said the program was not encouraging the ex-compatriots to move but offered assistance and financial aid such as relocation fees.

"If the Compatriot's Program, which expires in 2012 is extended, it will also expand the list of relatives subject to the benefits under the program and lift the settlement area restrictions," he said.

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