Migrant workers occupied the capital's airports: you can't get home

As told to “MK” official representative of the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan Gulbarchyn Baimbetova, the majority of citizens of this country were in 3 airports: Zhukovsky, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo. In Vnukovo airport was one person who was in the transit area. Two days ago it was able to send home. “March 29, flew the plane for 390 beds. Now in Moscow is about 50 citizens. Some we placed in hostels, while others decided to go to relatives.There they will wait for the resumption of flights. We have a large Diaspora, and we fully provide them with food and everything necessary “, – said the Embassy.

According to Gulbarchyn Baimbetova, the situation remains difficult, only in Novosibirsk. There are about 70 citizens of Kyrgyzstan. “Working closely with them in the Consulate General. They handed out medical masks, hygiene products and antiseptics, people provide hot meals twice a day. We are trying to explain to people that the airport is dangerous because of the threat of coronavirus. Some understand it and go back home. Now working on the organization of the flight. We hope to be able to resolve this issue as soon as possible,” she said.

At the Embassy of Uzbekistan told “MK” that they managed to convince their compatriots to leave the Novosibirsk airport. “Now they are all placed in hostels. We provide them food and basic necessities”, – said the official representative of the Embassy of Uzbekistan Shahriar of Turgunboev.

However, difficulties remain in Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, where it is now about 70 passengers of the airline “Uzbekistan Airways” waiting for the flight to Tashkent. “Those who have no opportunity to return to their homes, we offered free housing and meals. I can say that most of those who were in the Russian airports, agreed. I hope that in the near future will be able to convince the people of Vnukovo. We offer them transportation to the place of residence, to assist with registration either before the resumption of the Charter, either to restore flights,” – said the representative of the Embassy.

According to him , it is very difficult to convince people to leave the airport. “We explain what is in the crowded places is dangerous. Many were afraid that if they leave the waiting room, the plane will go without them, although we have guaranteed transfer back and forth. Gradually people agreed. Starting from March 30, Uzbekistan completely stopped traffic, and the citizens slowly realize that to be at the airport useless. All of them will be provided housing and food”, – said Turgunboev.

the Chairman of the Central Committee of trade Union of migrant workers Renat Karimov said that it is increasingly concerned about the fate of those who decided to stay in Russia: “I hope that people who are unable to sit in the aircraft and are now in the air, provide some minimum facilities: provide meals and provide medical assistance. This situation arose because there was no experience of actions in such situations and did not foresee that people may be at the borderline. I hope that a nation state to which these people are doing everything they can. We are now concerned about the situation with those who remained in Russia. A huge number of migrants can be in a very difficult financial situation. They have no savings. All that can earn within a month, usually send relatives. While, of course, they can survive, but if the situation of exclusion and the ban will be delayed, what will they eat? It is naive to believe that help will come from their relatives from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, it is unlikely that they will help the government of these countries. And we are talking about tens of millions of people across the country. In our opinion, in this situation they could count on help from the government of Russia and subjects of the Russian Federation. According to the city hall of Moscow, last year, 18 million rubles for foreign citizens paid tonly for patents. And how much is paid for those employers and tax agents? Personal income tax for them 13% and 30%. It would be fair to the people who so greatly helped the Moscow budget in peacetime, could also receive support.