Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

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21 February 2020


Since 1990, many Russians have sought international protection in the EU. However, while the overall recognition rate of their asylum applications has been declining, the number of vulnerable people whose rights and interests require special protection in Russia has been on the rise. The EU Member States (EU MS) have meanwhile been revising their approaches to international protection, among others also considering the chances of the individual asylum seeker’s successful integration.

This policy brief analyses the past and present flows of Russian nationals seeking asylum in the EU identifies the main challenges and puts forward concrete recommendations for policy makers in Russia and the EU.


Olga Gulina, Director and founder of RUSMPI Institute of Migration Policy | This publication was produced in the framework of the ‘Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action’ initiative, a component of the Mobility Partnership Facility II project, with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and the 'Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action’ initiative, and can in no way represent the views of the European Union.