October 17, 2011 - 11:09 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - One third of Russian citizens have negative
perceptions of migrants from abroad and regions of Russia.

According to The Moscow News, the data was collected by Moscow City
Government as result of a secret survey. Other data from the survey
are not made public.

According to 2010 survey, migration issues worry Russians more than
unemployment, poor ecology or corruption. 17% respondents said that
the problem of migrant streams from CIS countries is critical. At
the beginning of 2011, 11% of Muscovites said that Sergey Sobyanin
should first of all solve the problem of immigration from Central
Asia. This was the second most popular demand after Moscow traffic
jams problem solution.

Mr. Verekhovsky, director of SOVA Center for Information and Analysis
on Racism and Xenophobia told The Moscow News that the collected data
reflect Russians general attitude. He noted that 35% of Russians
treat immigrants negatively while in 2009 Alla Gerber, member of
Russian Social Chamber, insisted that 90% Russians have negative
opinion of immigrants.

From: A. Papazian