United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Russian Federation


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Country: Russian Federation

  • Topic 1: « Preventing refugee crises – a Pro-active approach »

The new world order, stirred up with wars, terrorist groups and climate change, has triggered what appears to be the worse refugee crisis in history. The astonishing displacement of millions of Syrian people is obviously a great concern for the Delegation of the Russian Federation. So is the sudden arrival of numerous Ukrainians in the past few months. With borders ranging from Eastern Europe to Asia, the Russian Federation is particularly concerned by the refugee issue. It is important to note that 12 million people remain stateless worldwide, including 400,000 Roma in Russia, which is determined to fix this issue quickly. The Delegation of the Russian Federation recognizes the low figures of refugees granted asylum on its soil, and the peculiar precautions the administration takes to fully complete this process. This is perfectly justified, though: the Russian Federation has a clear domestic policy, naturally favoring Russian citizens. Still, the authorities continue their efforts with the help of the UNHCR, NGOs and several state members to offer refugees better living conditions and long-term solutions such as resettlement.

Over the years 1992-1993, the UNHRC started its operation on Russian soil, under dire conditions in places such as the suburbs of huge cities, like Moscow and St. Petersburg, where a lot of asylum seekers stay. The Russian Federation also became a party to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. The enactment...

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