Asylum-seekers

WHO APPLIES FOR ASYLUM IN BELARUS?

  • foreigners (not citizens of Belarus) who are outside their country of origin and stateless persons who are outside the countries of their former permanent residence;
  • people who are afraid to return to their home country because of a serious risk they will face there.

A serious risk or fear of persecution may be based on people’s race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group

WHAT HAPPENS TO AN ASYLUM-SEEKER?

There are several options what can happen to those apply for asylum in Belarus:

  • they will be granted a refugee status;
  • they will be granted complementary protection;
  • they will receive protection from expulsion;
  • their application for protection will be rejected.

WHERE CAN AN ASYLUM-SEEKER STAY?

Regardless of the final decision on any given application, asylum-seekers are entitled to assistance with lodging in one of Temporary Accommodation Centres (TACs) upon availability of places.

Since 2001, three TACs for asylum-seekers have been built/reconstructed in Belarus with a total capacity to accommodate up to 70 persons. TACs are used to accommodate asylum-seekers only. It means that after a claimant is granted asylum or rejected, they should leave the TAC and take care of their lodging him/herself. The accommodation itself is of dormitory type, but there are rooms of different capacity, i.e. for smaller and bigger families.

Operational TACs are located in Viciebsk, Homieĺ and Brest.

 

Find out more how to apply for asylum