Nina Gurina. Arriving in Belarus from-for the conflict in the Donbas Ukrainians do not fall under the criteria for obtaining refugee status, Minsk provides them with additional protection, said the head of the Department on citizenship and migration of the interior Ministry of Belarus Alexei Begun.
In the spring of last year, Kiev began in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat citizens of the region. Victims of the conflict, according to the UN, are more than 6, 5 thousand people, more than 2, 2 million have fled the country or became internally displaced. According to the UN, to Belarus because of the conflict in Donbas has moved more than 100 thousand citizens of Ukraine.
"These persons do not fall under the criteria for refugee status because they are not prosecuted within Ukraine's political views, nationality and so on. Most of them run away from military conflict ", - said Thursday in Minsk at a press conference Runner.
according to his statement, " citizens of Ukraine who have received refugee status, to date no: all who intercedes) provides additional protection for a year ".
authorized the Ministry of internal Affairs explained that " this is one of the forms of international protection, which gives the guarantee of non-refoulement, certain rights and freedom within Belarus." This status will be renewed in a simplified manner based on the situation in Ukraine, he added.
according to the interior Ministry, sometimes Ukrainians come to Belarus not one of those areas where fighting is going on, and submit a petition to grant them refugee status for purely economic reasons - when I lost my job, lost rental housing, are unable to pay the loan. There are cases where refugee status petitioned the ones who were wanted for crimes committed in Ukraine lawlessness.
"Are the true reasons for their arrival in Belarus. The proportion of negative decisions are not very large, presumably 5-7% frivolous motions in the total number of requests for refugee status or asylum, " said Runner.