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Interior Minister: Germany to Accept Ukrainian Refugees Regardless of Nationality

Interior Minister Nancy Visser said Germany would accept refugees from Ukraine, regardless of their nationality.

Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the minister said that under the current circumstances, citizenship will not play a role in the country’s decision to welcome refugees from Ukraine, TheSchengen.com reports.

We want to save lives. Wesser noted, as reported by Deutsche Welle, “This does not depend on the passport.”

According to the Guardian, just over a week after the Russian offensive, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called a “special military operation,” more than 1.3 million Ukrainians have headed to other European countries.

According to Deutsche Welle, the numbers are expected to exceed 1.5 million on Sunday.

On Thursday, March 3, the European Travel Committee (ETC) issued a statement condemning the military aggression by the Russian Federation and at the same time expressing its solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

“The vast majority of those who have fled are Ukrainian citizens. People from other countries who already have a permanent right of residence in Ukraine bring this situation with them,” Visser noted.

She said that those fleeing Ukraine will not be subject to complex international protection measures, adding that the cooperation between the authorities of European countries to ensure the safety and security of Ukraine’s citizens has been historical.

So far, more than 787,300 people have fled to Poland while nearly 30,000 have fled to Germany, according to the authorities in these countries.

On March 3, the European Travel Committee (ETC) published a statement condemning the Russian government’s military aggression expressing its solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine.

Authorities in the European Union have taken several measures against Russia due to the latter’s massive invasion of Ukraine.

According to a press release published on March 4, the European Union Commission announced the suspension of cooperation with Russia on the ENI CBC’s cross-border cooperation programs as well as the Baltic Sea Interregional Programme.

Ukraine’s neighboring countries have made all necessary preparations to welcome refugees from Ukraine.

In this regard, the European Commission recently proposed activating the Temporary Protection Directive in order to help Ukrainian citizens.

This proposal means that the EU will provide assistance to people fleeing war by giving them residence permits as well as access to education and the labor market.

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