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Vietnamese illegal workers put in tents ahead of deportation

Vietnamese illegal workers put in tents ahead of deportation

Sunday, August 04, 2013, 13:49 GMT+7

500 among some 1,400 illegal labor migrants, most of whom Vietnamese nationals, have been sent to a tent camp in Moscow while waiting for deportation for violating immigration rules, according to RIA Novosti.

The newspaper quoted Moscow police press service that some 200 green tents in the camp located in the eastern Golyanovo district are capable of hosting up to 900 people so they expect to receive more “guests” in the coming days. 

Among the detained immigrants, there are eight suspected bosses from Iraq, Syria, Vietnam and Azerbaijan, RIA Novosti said.

Earlier this week, police in Moscow conducted a sweatshop raid in northeastern Moscow and detained 1,400 illegal immigrants, including 1,200 Vietnamese, who are believed to live in squalid conditions. 

Federal Migration Service chief Konstantin Romodanovsky told RIA Novosti in late July that about 3 million of 11.3 million foreigners entering Russia in 2013 work there illegally.

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