Latvia has granted asylum to 13 Belarusians

Latvia has decided to grant asylum to 13 Belarusian citizens, while a further 35 citizens of the neighboring country are still being discussed, LETA reported January 20.

The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) told LETA that between last year and this year's January 17, a total of 50 asylum applications were received from Belarusian citizens. Of all submissions, only one was received before the presidential elections were held in Belarus in August 2020.

Decisions have been taken so far in the cases of 13 persons, granting alternative status, while one person has been transferred to Poland in accordance with the Dublin Regulation.

Applications from the other 35 have yet to be examined.

After the granting of alternative status, a temporary residence permit shall be issued to the person for a period of one year. If the situation in the country of origin has not changed during the year, a new residence permit shall be issued on the basis of the person's application.

 

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