Statistics: People with Temporary Asylum Status in Russia Decreased by Half in 2017

In 2016, 228 thousand refugees were given this status as opposed to 125 thousand and in 2017.

According to the Federal State Statistics Service in Russia, each year, fewer people are granted temporary asylum in Russia, let alone a refugee status.

One can conclude from the table of the report “Social and economic situation in Russia”: the number of those having the temporary asylum status decreased from 228 thousand to 125 thousand in one year (the figures are compared as per January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2017). This is basically due to the fact that the number of Ukrainians who were granted temporary asylum reduced from 226 thousand to 123 thousand: probably because, many already have a residence permit, a permanent residence permit or even Russian citizenship under the State program of resettlement of compatriots. But also, the number of statuses granted to Syrian nationals reduced significantly, from 1317 to 1128, that is, by 15%, as well as the number of those granted to Afghan nationals, from 417 to 356, which is same 15%. And in this case, it cannot be said that the decline was due to the fact that people received some other document legalizing them in Russia.

In total, by January 1, 2008 asylum-seekers from all the countries except Ukraine were registered in Russia, this is record low even if compared to January 1, 2017, when there were 2348 status holders. Notably, a drastic decrease in the number of the temporary asylum occurred in the last quarter of 2017. So, on January 1, 2017, 417 Afghans had temporary asylum, on 1 October – 417 as well, and as of January 1, 2018, they were only 356!

All year long there was a reduction in the number of the statuses granted to temporary migrants. As a result, that number changed from 19327 to 13795.The number of those who have refugee status in Russia also decreased from 598 to 592. While in 2016 39 persons were recognized refugees, in 2017 even less were – 33 people.

In other words, the situation is disturbing.

Translated by Daria Gorbacheva