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.