On December 7, the International Conference "Migration Processes in the New Geopolitical Conditions: Approaches, Tasks, Effective Practices" was held on the sidelines of the Perm Open Peoples' Friendship Forum.
The conference was organized by the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, the Assembly of Peoples of Russia, the Institute for Demographic Research of the Federal Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Association of Russian Diplomats.
The conference was attended by representatives of authorities, the scientific community, international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
The conference participants, in particular, were welcomed by the First Deputy Secretary General - Head of the General Secretariat of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Chairman of the Council of the Assembly of the Peoples of Russia Svetlana Smirnova and a member of the Supreme Advisory Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats, Chairman of the Expert Council of the Union of Experts and Consultants in the Field of Labor migration “International Alliance “Labor Migration”, ex-Deputy Chairman of the UN ECOSOC Committee of Experts on Public Administration Igor Khalevinsky.
Welcoming the audience, Igor Khalevinsky recalled the history of the creation of migration structures in the CIS and focused on the development of the humanitarian vector in migration policy.
Head of the Representative Office of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Migration in the Russian Federation Kubandyk Akmatbekov in his speech noted the importance of protecting the rights and legitimate interests of foreign citizens, no matter what country they arrive in.
Lyubov Okulova, representative of the Trade Union of Construction Industry Workers of the Russian Federation, spoke about protecting the interests of foreign workers. Their trade union was one of the first to sign the Cooperation Agreement between trade unions of Russia and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Participants spoke about the diversity of integration and adaptation vectors. This topic is also important for educational institutions of regions and countries. Irina Levina, member of the Public Chamber of the Sverdlovsk Region (Russia), Director of the State Budgetary Vocational Educational Institution "Sverdlovsk Regional Medical College", presented her experience of working with students from the CIS countries. The forms of adaptation of foreign students, developed by the staff of the Medical College, are organically combined with the volunteer activities of the International Red Cross.
Within the framework of the International Conference, a competition was held among NGOs dealing with the issues of adaptation and integration of foreign citizens. Representatives of authorities, civil society institutions, and the scientific community spoke about the best practices in this area. Integration experience was demonstrated by representatives of Armenia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Russia.