The Norwegian Immigration Directorate (UDI) will temporarily not consider applications from Russians for asylum, TASS reports with reference to the NRK TV channel.
Now more than 300 Russians are waiting for the decision of the migration service at special refugee reception centers in the country. Wenche Fone, a representative of the department, explained that no case has yet been considered, since Norway wants to coordinate the process of receiving applications from Russians with other EU agencies and is waiting for the adoption of new rules.
“The situation is very complicated, and we want to see how this issue is resolved in the rest of Europe,” she said (quoted by TASS).
The department noted that some Russians awaiting an asylum decision fled Russia due to the threat of mobilization.
After the mobilization was announced, several European countries declared that they would not help Russians who did not want to go to war. The United States and Germany, on the other hand, have said that they will provide political asylum to deviators, although this procedure has not yet been spelled out anywhere.
Since the beginning of the war, many countries have stopped issuing visas to Russians and closed entry to their territory for citizens of the Russian Federation.