Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Congress of Russian compatriots back home 100 thousand people

Through the activities of the World Congress of Russian compatriots managed to strengthen ties with the Russian diaspora abroad and the voluntary resettlement of Russian emigrants home, convinced Secretary of State, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin.

"We regard the state program (voluntary relocation) as an important part of the Russian state policy in respect of the diaspora. For 5 years, within its framework in our country has driven about 100 thousand people, "- Karasin wrote in an article published Wednesday in the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta".


This is to ensure state programs to assist the voluntary resettlement to Russia. In its latest version, established by presidential decree on September 15 this year, said that the program now has a permanent character.

The next Congress will meet compatriots on October 26 in St. Petersburg.

According to him, with compatriots abroad is a full-scale operation in a variety of ways. Karasin said that special attention is paid to the status of the Russian language in foreign countries.

"On behalf of the President of the Russian Federation, the Russian Foreign Ministry has prepared a draft concept of the State support of the Russian Federation Russian language abroad," — writes Karasin.

He said that numerous activities aimed at the promotion of the Russian language.

"Significant contribution to these efforts were the results held in Moscow in October last year, the World Thematic Conference, which was attended by fellow citizens and experts from 91 countries of the world," — says the Secretary of State.


Active in this direction the Russian structures, primarily the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo), as well as fund "Russian World", opened dozens of centers abroad to study Russian language. The result of their joint efforts was the adoption in June 2011 of the Federal target program "Russian Language" in 2011 — 2015, said Karasin.

In addition, he said, currently the Ministry of Education of Russia and Rossotrudnichestvo finalizing the concept of "Russian school abroad."

"The good tradition lays conducting worldwide on June 6th Day of Russian language, to mark the birthday of Alexander Pushkin" — adds Secretary of State.

He sees in the conduct of congressional testimony "significant progress towards the consolidation of the Russian community, transforming it into a positive development of relations with the countries of residence countrymen."

Meeting of the World Congress of Russian Compatriots in St. Petersburg will be the fourth in a row.

The First World Congress held in October 2001 in Moscow, which marked the beginning of work on the creation of the International Council of compatriots and strengthening of cooperation between Russia and the Russian diaspora abroad.

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