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Belarus introduces amendments to the procedure for granting refugee status, complementary and temporary protection to foreign citizens and stateless persons

30.06.17

On June 28, 2017 the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus adopted Resolution No. 490, which amends Resolution No. 461 of April 14, 2009 “Issues of granting refugee status, subsidiary and temporary protection to foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Republic of Belarus ".

The document clarifies the categories of citizens who are not provided with for one-time and complementary financial assistance. These include:

  • Foreigners who are detained for violating the rules of staying in the Republic of Belarus or transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus or detained in order to enforce the decision on forcible expulsion from the Republic of Belarus or imposition of administrative penalty in the form of deportation and who apply for protection;
  • Foreigners who are detained or subjected to a preventive measure in the form of detention or home arrest on the basis of a decision on the execution of a request by a foreign authority competent to take decisions on the provision of international legal assistance in criminal matters, or in connection with being in an international search for the purposes of extradition and who apply protection;
  • Foreigners who serve a sentence in the form of arrest or imprisonments and who apply for protection.

In addition, the Resolution introduces the new version of the Rules of stay for foreign citizens and stateless persons applying for refugee status or subsidiary protection or foreign citizens and stateless persons granted refugee status or subsidiary protection in the Republic of Belarus.

The Resolution came into force on July 1, 2017.

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