Sep 20, 2010

Crimean Tatars: Social Housing for those returning to Crimea

The prime minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea announced that those returning to Crimea after having been deported under Stalin will receive social housing. While the details of the proposed law are not yet clear, it is good news for Crimean Tatars, especially those who have not yet been able to return to their homeland.


Below is an article published by NRCU-Ukrainian Radio:


People returning to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (southern Ukraine) after Stalin's deportations will be provided with social housing to be built within the framework of the state program on housing construction for once deported.

This was announced during a meeting with the heads of the ethnic organizations and communities of Crimea by the autonomy's prime minister, Vasyl Dzharty.  Currently, he said, effort is proceeding for the allocation of land plots, and it is being determined what technologies can be used and what companies involved.

Regarding the draft law on the restoration of rights of persons deported on ethnic grounds, the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea sent to the State Committee on Nationalities and Religions proposals on making 15 amendments to the law because of its legal and semantic ambiguities, says Edem Dudakov, head of the Crimean committee on inter-ethnic relations and the affairs of once deported citizens. 

In general, he says, the document must be adopted.  Working without a law on the deported, whereas the program for resettlement of the deportees has been functioning for a few years, is difficult, he said. According to Dzharty, the law on once deported people is "absolutely and unequivocally" needed, and "it will be changed and supplemented to reflect the current situation".

According to the national population census, as of December 1, 2001, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea had a population of 243,400 Crimean Tatars and several thousands of Armenians, Bulgarians, Greeks and Germans. 

The share of the deported citizens and their descendants in the population of Crimea (without the city of Sevastopol) reached 12.1% by mid-2002. The pace of return has been declining in recent years, but not less than 100 thousand Crimean Tatars remain outside of Ukraine.