Moscow’s clever fix for Abhkhazia’s demographic collapse: lure foreign migrants, don’t let them leave.

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Moscow’s clever fix for Abhkhazia’s demographic collapse: lure foreign migrants, don’t let them leave. http://www.eurasianet.org/node/70091 @eurasianet

When Rasulov Bakhtier arrived in Abkhazia in 2012 as a migrant laborer, he had no idea he would be prohibited from returning to his native Uzbekistan via Russia. As a result, Bakhtier, a construction worker and father of two, now finds himself among hundreds of “guest captives” in the separatist enclave.

Russia’s Federal Migration Service allegedly has blacklisted thousands of foreigners, mostly from Central Asia and Moldova for violating Russian migration laws, Moscow-based Fergananews.com reported in April. Many are casual labor migrants who supposedly committed multiple misdemeanors, or overstayed their “authorized period of stay” in Russia, which, as the largest economy in Eurasia, attracts millions of economic migrants from other formerly Soviet states.

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