Who are refugees? The answer to this question was given in 1951 when international community adopted Convention relating to the Status of Refugees which defines refugee as “person owing to wellfounded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.” Not each person who claims to be a refugee receives proper status and documents. People, who claim to be refugees, but are not recognized as refugees by the state yet, receive status of asylum seekers. Beyond refugee status, Ukrainian legislation foresee possibility of temporary or partial defence status in certain cases. People who did not manage to proof their claims are lawful lose the asylum seeker status.
Recently people, who resettled from occupied regions of Ukraine are being called refugees, which is not exactly right. Formally their status is defined as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), while refugees are only foreigners. Unfortunately, current national legislation restricts rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and the process of decision making on certain cases may last for years. That and other factors often deprive refugees’ and IDPS’ rights enjoyment.
The No Borders Project, actually began it’s work from consulting and providing assistance to asylum seekers and refugees from Central Asia and RF. and still continues this work. The SAC team also work with IDPs issues. If you are an asylum seeker or refugee from central Asia or RF and you want to receive expert advice – please write to us firstname.lastname@example.org