How many refugees are in Russia? Review of statistics

Every year on June 20 we celebrate World Refugee Day. Traditionally by this date the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees publishes statistics on the situation with asylum seekers in the world. In the meantime, the Civic Assistance Committee analyzes the situation in Russia.

Unfortunately, the picture is rather sad: in 2020 only 239 people were able to apply for refugee status. This is the number of applications that were accepted by the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation: not approved, but only taken for consideration.

In total, by the end of 2020 only 455 people had refugee status in such a large country as Russia.

The number of people with temporary asylum status (it is given for a year and requires extension if a person still cannot return to their homeland a year later) amounts to 1,472 people.

More details on how the institution of asylum functions (or doesn’t function) in Russia and what is the situation with Syrian, Afghan and Ukrainian refugees in our country – below in the review.

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