In Minsk office will the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The agreement to this effect signed by the Interior Ministry and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, who is in Minsk.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the official Minsk agreed on common projects that aim to improve the situation of refugees in Belarus, their status and conditions of integration in the country of the asylum procedure, the fight against human trafficking, border management. Antonio Guterres counts in these matters to cooperate with other international organizations and civil society:
"Belarus has a positive relationship to the protection of refugees, government policies favorable to refugees and extremely tolerant attitude of the society. This is very important for us at the moment, unfortunately, in many parts of the world we are seeing a surge of xenophobia."
In the world today there are 15 million refugees and another 27 million people — displaced persons within their states. Since 1997, Belarus requested asylum 3.5 thousand people from 48 countries. At the moment, refugees recognized 819 foreigners, 70 percent of which are Afghanistan.
The last category is especially concerned Antonio Guterres:
"We now have a huge concern about a sharp increase in juvenile migrants from Afghanistan, which make up most of the refugees in Europe and other parts of the world. Some of them were victims in the hands of smugglers in very dramatic circumstances."
Mr. Guterres was unable to answer as many Belarusian citizens sought political asylum in the world. He said only that any citizen of any country, including Russia, may ask for political asylum in any other country, and the authorities are obliged to consider the last of their request and approve the decision based on the reasons that caused the request to:
"We never politicize this issue, We are convinced that the shelter should be given to people from all over the world in any state. This is one of the main provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — the right to seek asylum. "
Aleksei Begun, head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Interior
According to the Head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus Aleksei Begun, in This year, 6 months 90 foreigners applied for refugee status. Was among them deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who is in Belarus with his family under the protection of Alexander Lukashenko, Mr. Runner could not answer:
"National legislation of the Republic of Belarus, as well as the Constitution guarantees the confidentiality of personal data of persons who apply to the competent authorities with a request for refugee status, this requires their consent. So I can not speak, addressing the former president of Kyrgyzstan to the competent authorities of Belarus to apply for refugee status and in what stage is the consideration of his application. "
Aleksei Begun, among others, reported on the work permit in Belarus 600 Chinese citizens who will implement two investment projects — multifunctional complex "Lyabyazhy" and so-called "Chinatowns." Interior Ministry explained that the resolution that Belarus is not enough construction workers for these objects.