Monday, August 5, 2013

Russia Creates Immigrant Detention Camp

More than 1,000 suspected illegal immigrants detained in a wave of raids at Moscow markets this week will be placed at a specially organized tent camp until decisions on their deportations are made. Police arrested around 1,400 people, most of whom are allegedly Vietnamese citizens, Interfax reported Friday. Others are believed to be natives of Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Moscow police senior official Vyacheslav Kozlov told BBC Russia that the identification process of the migrants would take up to two days since most of them didn't speak Russian and either lacked documents or had false ones. "We have no places to keep foreign citizens. There are only 400 places for such people in Moscow police offices; that is why we asked the government to organize the tent camp," Kozlov said. He added that food, water, toilets and medical assistance will be provided for those in the camp's 20 tents. The migrants will also be under constant police surveillance.

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