More Russians are emigrating to other countries in recent months, says EUAA
A total of 300,000 Russian nationals are estimated to have left the country between February 24 and May 10, according to a report by the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) and Country Intelligence Report (CIR). ).
The report further highlights that 15,440 detentions were recorded in Russia during the three-month period linked to prosecutions for anti-war protests, fear of reprisals and censorship, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
As the data reveals, the majority of departing Russians headed to countries in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Turkey, these destinations being chosen primarily because of visa requirements and travel costs.
However, Russians traveling to EU countries mainly use regular options, which means that illegal migration from Russians is currently relatively low. Visas remain available for Russians to travel to many of these countries, although transportation options are limited due to border and airspace closures.
OK Russians, a non-profit organization that helps Russians who do not support the war in Ukraine, conducted a study in late March and early April, which shows that out of 1,500 Russian citizens, 18% planned to move in another country, listing Western countries as their destinations.
Around 58% of respondents said they had no connection to the country they are currently staying in, but intended to stay there due to lack of visa requirements and more affordable travel costs .
According to data from the Russian Interior Ministry, the country issued 2.8 million passports to its citizens in the first quarter of 2022, of which 1.2 million or 42.8% are international travel passports, the number of these documents being 87% higher than last year.
In addition, data from the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federation reveals that there was a 46% increase in the number of Russian citizens traveling abroad in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. , also revealing a 114% increase in the number of Russian citizens traveling to European countries.
In general, 709,158 Russian nationals planned to visit European countries in the first quarter of 2022, representing 18% of the total Russian travelers worldwide during this period. These rates are up 12% from the first quarter of 2021 and 15% higher than the annual average for 2021.
Data from the Border Guard Service also reveals that out of 3.9 million Russians traveling abroad in the first three months of this year, none of them indicated the purpose of changing their permanent address. .
The European statistics office, Eurostat, reveals that Russian citizens lodged around 700 asylum applications in EU countries in February 2022, with this number doubling to 1,400 the following month, making it the month with the highest number of asylum applications registered since 2019.
The most sought-after countries of destination in Europe for Russian asylum seekers were Germany, France and Poland, with these three countries accounting for 68% of all applications lodged in the EU by Russian citizens in 2021.