Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Moscow Authorities Close Migrant Detention Camp

A tent camp in eastern Moscow where hundreds of labor migrants had been forcibly placed ahead of their deportation has been closed, a police spokesman said Tuesday. “Some foreign nationals have been deported; the remaining 234 people were transferred to a center for foreign nationals in the settlement of Severny,” the spokesman said. In early August, more than 600 people were placed in green tents with bunk beds in the camp after police detained some 1,400 migrants, mostly from Vietnam, over alleged violations of migration rules. Officials said the tent camp had to be set up as an emergency measure because the permanent centers for detained foreigners were full.

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