Ethnic groups in Russia

Rising Demand for Romanian Citizenship May Irritate Ukraine

Requests for Romanian citizenship in Ukraine's Odessa region have doubled since the start of 2017, which analysts say might cause further tension with Bucharest - already angered by the adoption of language laws promoting Ukrainian in 2017.

Bucharest scrapped its consular fees for passports in 2017, which had amounted to around 300 US dollars.

#DiplomaticCentennial George Gabriel Bologan: Trade between Romania and Italy reached a record high in 2017

Italy ranks first among foreign investors in Romania in terms of the number of companies doing business in Romania, and the trade between the two countries reached a record high value in 2017, the highest in a decade, says George Gabriel Bologan, Romania's Ambassador to Italy in an interview to AGERPRES.

Romania Looks to Diaspora to Fill Labour Shortage

Romania's parliament is to discuss a bill that would allow ethnic Romanians from non-EU countries in the Balkans to get jobs in Romania more easily than other non-EU citizens, to meet a growing labour shortage.

MPs from a number of parties submitted the bill to the Senate last week. It must now be discussed by parliamentary commissions and in plenary sessions.

Minister Intotero in Chisinau says MRP's main objective is promoting and extending use of Romanian language

Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia-Elena Intotero, who is paying a working visit to the Republic of Moldova, had a series of meetings on Thursday with representatives of the administration, denominations in Chisinau, as well as with members of the local authorities, during which she reconfirmed the support of Romania's Government for the Romanians over the Pruth River, a release sent

Gov't passes measures to promote rights to linguistic identity of ethnic Romanians in Ukraine

A series of direct support measures for ethnic Romanians enrolled with schools in Ukraine providing Romanian-language tuition were developed by the Romanian Government on Wednesday, at the proposal of the Ministry for Romanians Abroad (MRP).

Turkey processing citizenship for 50,000 Syrians, interior ministry official says

Turkey will grant around 50,000 Syrians citizenship, an Interior Ministry official said on Sept. 22, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.          

Speaking in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, Interior Ministry General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs manager Sinan Güner told the agency the process of granting citizenship had already begun.        

16.5% more Russians visited Greece in 1st half of 2017

Russian tourists to Greece increased by 16.5% in the first half of 2017, according to official data by the Russian Statistical Services (Rosstat). The data, analysed by Russian Tour Operators (ATOR), showed that the total number of Russians that travelled abroad amounted to 17.12 million, compared to 13.28 million last year.

Foreign Ministry expresses regret over Russian ban of Crimean Parliament

The Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed "regret" over the Russian High Court's approval of a ban on the activities of the Crimean Tatar Parliament on Oct. 3. 
"The ministry regrets the High Court of Russia's approval after appeal of the ban," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç said on Oct. 3 in a written statement.

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