Ukraine war: Germany took in so many Russians

Increase in asylum applications

Wave of refugees: Why are the Russians knocking on the door now?

04/17/2023, 19:26

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Ukraine: Several dead in Russian airstrike in Sloviansk

Ukraine: Several dead in Russian airstrike in Sloviansk

At least nine people, including a small child, were killed in a Russian airstrike on a residential area in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk, according to Ukrainian sources. According to information from Kiev, the Russian armed forces used an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system.

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As many Russians applied for asylum in the first quarter as in all of 2022. Are they announcing a new wave of refugees?

Berlin. Russia has just made it easier to recruit soldiers. Anyone who is only recorded online is not allowed to leave their home country for the time being. He may be drafted into the Ukraine war. Any more mobilization has a escape wave triggered. Also to Germany.

The attack on Ukraine began on February 24, 2022. Since then, 1,061,389 refugees from Ukraine have been registered with the Central Register of Foreigners. Young Russians too – estimated to number at least 150,000 – have their country hastily leftrarely to Germany.

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Asylum statistics: Russia in BAMF’s top ten for the first time

There are indications that this is changing. An early indicator of this is the asylum statistics of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). As the BAMF informed our editorial team on Monday, exactly 1,438 Russians applied for asylum in 2021, and in 2022 there were almost twice as many, namely 2,851. And from January to March alone there were 2,381 again – almost as many as in the whole of last year. also read: Russia – The reservists’ fear of the Ukraine war

If the development continues, their number could reach 10,000 or more by the end of the year. In March 2022, Russia was not yet under the Top ten of the BAMF statistics of the countries of origin of asylum seekers. A year later, it is already in seventh place, behind Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Georgia.

There are reasons why the Russians initially headed for Turkey, Georgia or Kazakhstan. To Turkey exist differently than to Western Europe direct flight connectionsn, to the former Soviet republics land borders. In Georgia and Kazakhstan they come with us Russian rightly so, IT experts often continue to work there for Russian companies. Read about itu: 100,000 IT experts are turning their backs on Putin’s Russia

Faeser does not only guarantee deserters special protection

On top of that, refusal to go to war and desertion after the decision of German courts no reason for asylum are. In May 2022, however, the federal government promised that deserters would receive refugee protection.

This assumes that a demonstrably at least already for the army was called up. The prospects of all those who wished to forestall their draft are unclear; otherwise they would be late and would be stopped at the border.

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However, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) did not have one until March special rule, including an accelerated admissions process. In Section 22 of the Residence Act, it facilitates the admission of “particularly endangered Russian nationals who need protection from oppression and persecution by Putin’s regime.” A wide field.

These include, for example, journalists and critics of the regime. This also probably includes People who reject Putin’s wardo not support him, rather evade him.

Are there any conflicts between Russians and Ukrainians?

Initially, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin let mainly in the poor areas, especially since under eethnic minorities, looking for fighters. But the more that is recruited in Russia itself, especially in big cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, the greater the resistance is likely to be. In addition, the Georgians, for example, are increasingly reacting negatively to Russian refugees because they parallel societies form.

It is conceivable that in the near future more and more Russians will push their way to Germany who have found accommodation elsewhere secondary migration. There could be additional social costs and problems, such as housing, few direct conflicts between Russians and Ukrainians, but resentment on both sides. You might also be interested in: Pregnant Russian Women – Why They Call Their Sons “Lionel”.

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