The Ukrainians were less likely to apply for asylum in the EU

Украинцы стали реже обращаться за убежищем в ЕС

For six months, Ukrainian citizens have filed seven thousand applications.

Citizens of Ukraine have less to seek asylum in EU countries. The number of applicants in 2016 decreased by 39%. About it reports UKRINFORM with reference to the analyst of the NGO “Europe without barriers” Catherine Kulchitskaya.

“If in 2015 in the EU were registered 22 thousand applications for asylum from Ukrainians with 1 million 322 thousand filed, in the first half of 2016 th registered 7 thousand 617 thousand,” said Kulchitskaya during the press-conference “Bezviz and migration: year results and recent trends”.

According to her, the reduction in the number of asylum seekers in the EU is mainly due to the fact that in most cases European countries deny them the permission to cross the border.

Kulchitskaya added that after the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbass conflict-affected Ukrainians were looking for a new place of residence not only within the country but also abroad, but their number among all asylum seekers in Europe was only 1.6%, while in 2016 this figure decreased to 1.14%.

The analyst also reminded about the relationship of this index with a visa-free regime.

“If within two months after signing bezveza the number of asylum seekers in the EU will increase by 50%, that will include a mechanism for the suspension of visa liberalization” – said Kulchitskaya.

As reported Корреспондент.netthe European Parliament postponed consideration of a question on granting of visa-free regime for Ukraine for April 2017.

Recall that the difficulty of granting Ukraine bezveza and ratification of the Association Agreement led to the fall of trust in the EU in the Ukrainian foreign Ministry, where the situation is called “cheating”.

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