Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual marathon news conference in Moscow on Thursday that Russia should open Russian-language schools and branches of universities in Central Asia, RIA Novosti reports.
“For people from Central Asia, it’s more difficult to adapt. There we have to introduce education systems, open Russian language courses, Russian schools, branches of our universities. And then people who come here would feel more comfortable,” Putin said, answering the journalist’s question if it is now possible to make up for the population gap by the migrants from the former Soviet republics, in particular, the southern ones.
In his opinion, the Russian economy requires the flow of immigrants, and the lack of the required number of people in the labor market and with proper qualifications is already an objective factor that suppress economic growth. According to Putin, “it should be done all wisely and it should have a proper approach”.
The President noted that those people who respect Russian culture, know it and speak Russian can easily adapt to Russian conditions.