The economy needs foreign migrant workers, but Russia must take measures to protect its labor market, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"We must care first and foremost about our labor market. This is natural, this is what any country does, but it must be done in a civilized and effective manner," Putin said at a meeting with Federal Migration Service chief Konstantin Romodanovsky on Tuesday.

Russia does need foreign labor resources, the president said. "There is nothing bad about it, and, as a matter of fact, they do make certain contributions to our economic development," Putin said.

A bill to be laid before the State Duma this spring proposes improving the system of organizing migrant labor, Romodanovsky said, for his part.

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