As of 31 December 2021, 331 refugees, 10581 temporary asylum status holders and 540 asylum-seekers from 70 countries were registered by the Russian Ministry of the Interior. Most people of concern were coming from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria. Nearly 600 temporary IDs for stateless persons have been issued since August 2021, when a respective law came into effect. According to the Ministry of the Interior, at least 4,500 stateless persons are expected to benefit from the documentation procedure.
UNHCR in the Russian Federation operates through its Representation in Moscow since 1992. The primary goal of the UN Refugee Agency is to support and complement the efforts of the Russian government to develop a fair and effective asylum system under international standards and prevent and reduce the incidence of statelessness. UNHCR strives to promote tolerance towards refugees and other persons of concern to the Agency through various public information and awareness-raising activities.
For information about our work in the Russian Federation:
Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Russia? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.
Visit the UNHCR Russian Federation website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.
For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.