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EU Asylum Agency Prepared to Support Reception of Asylum Seekers From Ukraine

The European Union Asylum Agency (EUAA) has also offered to assist in the reception of asylum seekers while emphasizing that it joins the international community in condemning the unjustified armed invasion of Ukraine.

After a month of heightened tensions, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, to launch what is considered the largest invasion in recent years, reports.

A large number of countries condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine by land, sea and air.

The agency stressed that Russia’s actions have no place in the international system.

“The EUAA has worked closely over the past weeks and months together with the European Commission and other EU agencies, as well as member states, in order to prepare for any scenario in which the armed conflict in Ukraine could lead to a sudden increase in individuals seeking international protection in the Union. European”, the EUAA noted in this regard.

The association said it would monitor developments closely with agency partners.

The statement notes that “the EUAA is also at the disposal of Member States that may be affected in order to support the reception, registration and processing of asylum seekers in the European Union.”

Due to the current situation, the Ukrainian government has announced that it has decided to close the airspace to civilian flights, including those from European Union countries.

In addition, the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said that the airspace of Russia and Belarus also poses safety risks.

In particular, there is a risk of deliberate targeting and misidentification of civilian aircraft. The statement published by EASA notes that the existence and potential use of a wide range of land and air warfare systems poses a significant risk to civilian flights operating at all altitudes and flight levels.

Ukraine’s neighboring countries are preparing to receive a large number of refugees. A recent report published by Al Jazeera confirmed that in a worst-case scenario, about five million people could leave Ukraine.

Figures previously published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) revealed that a total of 5,301 applications for international protection were filed by citizens of Ukraine in EU countries last year.

The same source showed that in 2020, the number of applications submitted for the first time by Ukrainians amounted to 4,944, while in 2019, before the pandemic, a total of 8,091 citizens of Ukraine requested asylum in EU countries.

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