Germany grants 2,000 Russian nationals protection

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Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine two years ago, around 2,000 Russian citizens and their family members have been granted a German visa due to personal danger.

According to the data, this came in response to a question from left-wing lawmaker, Clara Bünger.

Such residence permits have been issued to 2,035 people from Russia under international law and for urgent humanitarian reasons since the beginning of 2022.

An average of just under 190 Russian men between the ages of 18 and 45 have been applying for asylum in Germany every month, the German government said in the response.

This was made available to dpa.

Only a small number of them were recognised as asylum seekers.

The adjusted protection rate for male Russian applicants belonging to this age group was 10.5 per cent in January of this year, after around 25 per cent in the previous year.

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This is just under 40 per cent in the period between the start of the war in February 2022 and Dec. 31, 2022.

The adjusted protection rate only referred to those foreigners whose asylum applications had been examined by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

Those who had withdrawn their application or were now applying in another European Union country were not included.

Bünger accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz of not honouring his promise to take in people who did not want to take part in the war against Ukraine.

She called on the government to instruct the migration authority to grant generous protection, not only to military deserters but also to Russian conscientious objectors opposed to the war.

(dpa/NAN) (

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