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Tajik Children in Russia “Should Go to School”

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Eastern & Central Europe, Russia, Tajikistan, Citizen Media, Education, Migration & Immigration

A Russian lawmaker and member of the ruling party recently suggested [1] [ru] that the children of labor migrants should be barred from Russian schools and kindergartens. LJ user prosto_vova explains [2] [ru] why this is a bad idea. His list of reasons for not barring migrants’ children from Russian schools includes the following one (among several others):

Children are children. They should not be blamed for the fact that their parents have moved to an alien country in search of food for their family… Children should go to school – this is simply humane [to allow them to do so]

More than one million nationals of Tajikistan work in Russia. Although most of them leave their children at home, an increasing number of labor migrants take their families to Russia with them. Most of these children go to Russian schools.