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Almost 100 Russian fugitives are granted asylum in Germany

Sep 23, 2023

Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale war in Ukraine, about 3,500 Russian men of military age have applied for asylum in Germany, of whom only about 90 have been granted refugee status.


This is reported in the response of the Ministry of the Interior to a request from Left Party MP Klara Bünger, which is available to RND.

According to the response, the Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has so far made decisions on more than 1,500 applications: about 90 people have been granted refugee status.

In the case of about 1,100 applications, according to the response, another EU member state is responsible for the asylum procedure in accordance with the Dublin Regulation.

The Migration Agency constantly monitors and analyzes the situation in the countries of origin of migrants, the agency said. The last time the practice of decision-making on the situation in Russia was revised this month.

According to the revision, "deserters may continue to receive international protection on a regular basis. Persons who are to be drafted into the army and refuse to serve will be granted international protection if the conditions for this are met."

Bünger criticized the German authorities for such a low number of approved applications. She said that the ruling coalition is good at writing about human rights on its flags and making promises, but when it comes to implementation, there is no success.

"Particularly bitter, for example, is the insufficient protection of Russian soldiers who refuse military service for reasons of conscience, which Scholz did announce in full," Bünger said.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 24/09/2023

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