Armenian Migrants in Russian Labor Market
In January 2015, Armenia officially joined the Eurasian Economic Union, along with Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Within the framework of this union, as economic integration deepens, in addition to the actual movement of people across the state border, the free movement of labor force is also implied. Thus, in the process of integration, after the commodity and financial markets the labor market is gradually open too. Russia, as an receiving country, provides jobs and opens up its labor market for migrants from Armenia.
In July 2014 Armenia and Russia have signed an agreement, according to which arrivals from both countries are exempt from the obligation to register at the place of stay within 30 days.
However, despite this, customs regulations and their application in practice create numerous various obstacles. The migratory flow of labor resources is actually controlled by the provision of limited quotas for various professions, depending on the different geographical zones and cities of the Russian Federation. Thus, in general, the legally enforceable right to free movement of labor resources in practice is limited to controlling legislative flows of migrants.