Skip to comments.Russia Backs Language Test for Foreign Workers
Posted on 05/04/2007 12:04:05 PM PDT by RedDogzRule
MOSCOW -- Russian immigration chiefs on Friday proposed compulsory language tests for foreigners wanting to work in Russia, the latest in a series of measures to tighten up on immigration.
A huge influx of migrant workers, many of them Muslims from ex-Soviet republics, has caused resentment inside Russia and many policy-makers say it has contributed to a spate of racially motivated attacks.
The Federal Migration Service said it supported a draft law written by two pro-Kremlin members of parliament that would set a language test for anyone planning to work in Russia for more than one year.
"We have an interest in this and support the lawmakers' initiative," the service said in a statement. "It is obvious that without knowledge of the Russian language it is impossible to integrate into Russian society."
Several Western states have language requirements in their immigration rules. But in most cases it is only people seeking permanent residency, or skilled workers, who need to sit a language test.
Alexander Krutov, a lawmaker with the pro-Kremlin Just Russia party and one of the two authors of the draft law, said the only exception would be for foreigners working in Russia for foreign firms.
He said all other would-be migrant workers should sit a test on their proficiency in Russian within three months of arriving. If they fail, they will not be allowed to work and will be given the option of sitting the test again.
"Knowing the Russian language . . . will lead to a reduction in the level of xenophobia and ethnic tension because a person will be able to explain and understand what is wanted from him and what is going on around him," Krutov told Reuters.
To become law, the proposal would have to be approved by both houses of parliament and President Vladimir Putin.
Russia has revamped its immigration rules to deal with the large numbers of foreigners wanting to work in its booming economy.
The new measures streamlined procedures for people seeking temporary work permits. But they also barred foreigners from working in outdoor markets, a sector dominated by immigrants from ex-Soviet states such as Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
My first post as a newbie. Please be kind. My point was to discuss/compare as to why we cannot do this in this country.
Oh that we could do this in the United States. I'm sick of American workers being ineligible for jobs because they don't speak Spanish.
Heh heh! the pee-cee "diversity" bs is falling apart world wide.
Good. A country should have enough pride in itself to tell newcomers that they have to fit in, or get out!
I wonder if the Russians will be installing foot washing basins for the Muslim taxi drivers at the Moscow International Airport?
I heard KC airport said the “basins” would be available for all.....LOL....wonder what will happen when some guy pees in one....
I'm so sick of this it ain't funny.
I want to be able to converse in the language of my birth (English). Is that too much to ask in America?
He then said that he continued to work on acquiring fluency in Russian but was not sure whether he would ever be fluent in it. He said that Russian is an extremely difficult and complex language. He then went on to wonder how such a primitive people (and the early Russians were that) could have ever come up with such a language, one that is so elegant and capable of so many nuances that one can express almost anything in it.
Perhaps the great novels of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and others may be explained by the tool (Russian) that they had available.
Do both of those statements also apply to women?
I disagree about the primitivism. Read about Kyiv Rus’. Visit St. Sophia (built in the 9th century) or the Lavra Monastary in Kyiv as evidence of the “primitivism” of this society.
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