More Than 40% Of Forced Chechen Migrants Have Returned Home

More than 40% of the forced Chechen migrants registered in Ingushetia have returned to their homes in Chechnya, reported Alla Vlaznyova, the press secretary to the Chechen prime minister. At the same time, she pointed out that many of the migrants were reluctant to get their names removed from the Ingush register and were still getting allowances as forced migrants. Moreover, according to the press secretary, 1,601 people were mentioned in the allowances list twice, which meant they were getting a double allowance. Some people would even "migrate constantly so that they could collect humanitarian aid, children's allowances, pensions or whatever both in Chechnya and Ingushetia," said Vlaznyova. According to her information, 75% of Chechen migrants residing in Ingushetia, or 31,044 people, have homes in Chechnya that are largely fit for living. However, they still go as forced migrants and keep receiving allowances, even though they could return home and lead a normal life, stressed the press secretary.

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