Russian Homestead Act

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The Russian Homestead Act is a 2016 proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin to give 1 hectare, or 2.5 acres of free land in the Russian Far East to Russian citizens and foreign nationals as long as they live there for five years.[1][2][3][4]

The program originally was mostly aimed at Ukrainian Citizens, and came about as a possible method of resettling about 500,000 refugees.[5] According to some observers, more Ukrainians and Belarusians will settle in Siberia than Russians themselves. While a small number of those opposed to the plan claimed that "the Chinese and Uzbeks will invade Siberia in hordes", very few if any at all, are expected to settle in the Far East, because China is more economically developed than most of Russia (much less the severely underdeveloped Far East) and most central Asians are unlikely to stay in Russia for more than a few years.[6] [7]

However, the plan only allows Russian Citizens to own the land. Foreigners can join the program, but cannot own the land until 5 years after they have immigrated to Russia- in order to dissuade drug traffickers from abusing the program. Consolidated groups (of 20 lots minimum) will also be provided with basic infrastructure. [8] Despite restrictions on foreigners owning land, Old Believers from abroad have successfully applied in groups for farming space.

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