Russia to begin fingerprinting immigrants at border points

Russia will be implementing a biometric border management solution at all migrant entry points starting next year to prevent repeated entries by people who have previously been refused entrance.

Fingerprinting all immigrants seeking entry “… will help detect foreigners who try to sneak into the country using a new name after they were denied entry,” a source in the Federal Migration Service told the Russian Izvestia newspaper. However, the source added, “it is unclear whether this measure will be applied to all foreigners.”

Currently, migrant workers from countries that have a visa-free agreement with Moscow must have their fingerprints taken within 30 days after coming to Russia.

There is speculation that all (approximately 400) migrant entry points across Russia could soon be equipped with fingerprint readers to facilitate migrant processing.

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