Russia: No Syrian “Asylum Seekers”—Because They Don’t Meet the Criteria of “Refugees”

The Russian government refuses to take in any Syrians claiming to be “refugees” because they quite correctly argue that most of the Middle Eastern state is safe and under control of the government, and there is therefore no reason for anyone to flee that country.

Above: Street scene in Damascus, 2017.

The Russian stance—completely in line with all international refugee conventions—has been highlighted with a new article in the Al Jazeera website, titled “Why Russia refuses to give refugee status to Syrians.”

According to that article, Syrians who have tried to seek “asylum” in Russia “face an uncooperative, if not outright hostile, asylum system.”

Svetlana Gannushkina, head of the Civic Assistance Committee (CAC), a Moscow-based NGO which specialises in trying to flood Russia with fake “asylum seekers,” told Al Jazeera that  “There is a perception that it’s difficult for Syrians to get refugee status in Russia. This is not true. It is actually impossible.”

According to CAC figures, as of October 2017, there were 589 people with refugee status in Russia—most of them Ukrainians who fled the recent war and Afghans who arrived after the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in the late 1980s.

There were two Syrians on that list, one of them received refugee status before 2011.

When Syrians apply for “refugee” status or even temporary asylum, they often face rejection, the article continues.

The article goes on to quote one Stasya Denisova, a researcher with the pro-invader “Amnesty International” organization, as saying that authorities often refuse asylum status because applicants cannot prove they are at a greater risk of persecution than others from their country.

“Russia interprets this definition in [the Geneva Convention] in a very narrow [way],” says Denisova.

This does not mean that there are no Syrians in Russia. According to the CAC, about 7,000 live illegally lin Russia, but if they are caught, they are sent to detention centres and deported.

Gannushkina says part of the problem is general hostility towards refugees among state bureaucrats.

“I talked once to a bureaucrat in the interior ministry. He told me, ‘You want us to give refugee status to all these young Syrians? My brother, a young officer, is being sent to fight in Syria,'” recounts Gannushkina.

“‘So my brother will go fight, and we will be feeding here these Syrians. They should go to Syria and defend their homeland, their lawful government,’ the bureaucrat told me.”

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization earlier reported that Russia was  “failing to do [its] fair share to help Syrian refugees.”

Since 2011, the HRW asserted, “Russia has not offered one resettlement place for Syrian refugees,” and Russian officials have claimed the question of receiving Syrian refugees in Russia is “not on the agenda.”

Russia also contends that the burden of the Syrian refugee crisis should fall on those countries whose policies contributed to the war in Syria, the HRW reported.

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  1. Damned Al Jazeera has really got a nerve. It would be amusing if it wasn’t so serious.
    Qatari state-run Al Jazeera constantly shamelessly lambasts and pontificates about the European response to the so-called ‘migrant’ crisis.
    Meanwhile, the Qatari government resolutely refuses to allow in a single ‘refugee’.

    This breathtaking deceit and hypocrisy is absolutely typical of non-white peoples. As the non-whites begin to control the world, expect to see more of it.

  2. While it’s good Russia is not taking Syrians, it is taking lots of other Muslims. Just YouTube, Muslims in Moscow or Muslims in Russia and see what comes up–hundreds and thousands praying on the street.

  3. Russia’s hard-line stance towards so called ‘asylum seekers’ demonstrates that the main obstacle to ending the asylum racket is cultural rather than legal or practical. In Russia there is not that huge support for immigrants and refugees among the intelligentsia, politicians and civil servants that you find in Britain. The article mentions a Russian NGO dedicated to supporting fake refugees called Civic Assistance Committee, but in Britain there could be a dozen such organizations because there huge numbers of white, middle class people there who are eager to do God’s work by assisting the world’s poor and oppressed by bringing them into their country. These are the humanitarians who wear their heart on their sleeve, and never miss an opportunity to show how caring and humane they are. Russia has not been so foolish as to give the fake refugees the right to appeal against refusal of asylum claims, unlike in Britain where appeals provide plenty of work for charities and immigration/asylum lawyers.
    In fact not one of the asylum seekers in the West really needs to travel to another continent to find refuge, and the vast majority don’t even have to cross a border because insurgencies are always localized and those affected can be displaced to another part of their own country. All the Syrians who had claimed asylum in the West had either been resident in a part of their country not affected by the civil war or who had been resident in a neighbouring country. Evidence of this can be seen in the Al Jazeera article referenced above in which Baibers Suleiman who moved to Lebanon in 2014 decided to apply for asylum elsewhere because ‘he did not feel at ease’ in Lebanon.

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