Meeting of Interdepartmental Commission for the Implementation of the National Programme to Assist the Voluntary Resettlement of Compatriots 2015-10-26 18:00:00 Moscow Head of the Federal Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovsky chaired the 24th meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for the Implementation of the National Programme to Assist the Voluntary Resettlement of Compatriots Currently Living Abroad. Participants in the meeting included commission members, representatives of the federal and regional executive agencies, Presidential plenipotentiaries to the federal districts and the academic community. In opening the meeting, Konstantin Romodanovsky briefly summed up the main results of the National Programme implementation in the first nine months of 2015, noting that in that period, over 136,000 compatriots had moved to Russia. Mr Romodanovsky stressed that in accordance with the presidential instructions, the National Programme’s mechanisms are being actively used to provide assistance to compatriots arriving urgently, en masse from Ukraine with settling down and processing their necessary legal status documents in Russia. In particular, over 129,000 Ukrainians arrived in Russia within the framework of the National Programme in 2014–2015, with over 87,000 of them arriving in 2015 alone. During the meeting, participants examined and approved draft regional resettlement programmes for a number of Russian regions. After approving the regional programme for Krasnodar Territory, which plans to join the work to admit compatriots, the number of regions working under the National Programme will reach 60. The meeting outlined measures to intensify the resettlement of compatriots in Russia, including students, researchers and experts in rare and unique areas of expertise. Commission members supported a draft Presidential Executive Order prepared by the Federal Migration Service on amendments to the National Programme aimed at using the mechanism of targeted admission of migrants to study at universities and provide them with support in starting small and medium-sized businesses, including farms.