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Not much progress with return from Diaspora Maykop / Agency Caucasus - Annual preparations in Adygea for the upcoming celebration on August 1 of the Day of Return seem to have to accompany the fact that there is not much progress towards a larger return from Diaspora.
The capital city of Maykop hosted round-table talks over possible ways of handling problems facing Adygeans in their attempts to return home. And it turned out that no members of the Adygean Diaspora were granted from the Adygean Federal Migration Service temporary residency in the Russian Federation.
A group of 50 people coming from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) were granted temporary residency even though an order from the Russian President had been intended to allow temporary residency to a contingent of 50 Adygeans.
Aleksandr Ivashin, Head of the Adygean Federal Migration Service, spoke of this as a serious deterioration in efforts to have Adygeans return from the Diaspora:
“This is primarily a direct consequence of permission for temporary residency granted this year only to a group of people from the CIS. The number of people to be granted temporary residency is set by the federal centre. Only 48 Adgyean returnees applied to the Migration Service over the past three years for temporary residency. The state commission needs to hold a meeting in September before the commission delivers a request to the Russian Federation to increase this number for more Adygean returnees.”
Also, a proposal came from the Adaptation Centre for Returnees to form a civilian council as a subset of the Migration Service in order to draw up annual lists of people from the Diaspora in need of visa and temporary residency.
Overshadow on Kosovo example
In addition to all this, talks here focused on a failure in granting some official status to the village of Mafehable as a site of residency successfully established with governmental funding for the Kosovo Adygeans. However, officials of a committee in charge of both national affairs and public relations said that this has recently been brought up as an item of discussion in Moscow.
Construction of two separate house buildings in the village is still not complete though it started nine years ago. Members of three families have to continue their life in an adaptation centre as well.
The Adygean Diaspora may be called on to supply financial assistance to complete the construction of those house buildings. A proposal to set up a satellite channel with a view towards accessing the Diaspora received discussion.
Three more items of discussion were brought up at this meeting: a) how the kids of returnees will be educated, b) how residency permit will be provided, v) if there is enough funding to create an Adygean web site.
The Day of Return has been celebrated annually in Adgygea on August 1 since the first group of Adgyeans came on August 1, 1998, from Kosovo after the war broke out over there. A total of 23 families were granted residency in Adygea at that time. ÖZ/FT
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