UN experts in Transcarpathia studied issues of asylum seekers

18 May 2015 13:01  3499230 0100240
UN experts in Transcarpathia studied issues of asylum seekers

Representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ukraine Dmytro Pletchko and Hanna Koptsyukh visited Transcarpathia.

During the visit, the experts met with representatives of the migration service of the region - the head of the Department for Foreigners and Stateless Persons of the Main Office of the SMS of Ukraine in Transcarpathian region Yuriy Markov and the head of the Department for Refugees and Social Integration Mykola Tovt.

They discussed issues of readmission between Ukraine and the European Union. They stressed on the need for cross-border meetings on this issue. The UNHCR experts shared their suggestions, which, in their opinion, should soon come into force on the Rules for consideration of applications and paperwork needed to address the issue of recognition as a refugee or a person in need of extra protection. The introduction of a single electronic database of asylum seekers is also a relevant issue.

Since the beginning of the year, 20 foreigners have applied to the Main Office of the SMS in Transcarpathian region for protection. Most of the applications are from citizens of Afghanistan. In terms of the share of applications for refugee status, the region is one of the top three in the state. After consideration of applications, three persons were granted refugee status, and 6 - extra protection. Overall, 137 refugees and persons in need of extra protection are registered in the statistical records of the territorial migration service office.

As part of their visit to Transcarpathia, officers of the UNHCR in Ukraine also had meetings in Mukachevo and Chop border guard detachments, Uzhgorod city and district court and the regional administrative court.

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