MOSCOW, August 18 (RAPSI) - The Federal Migration Service has developed a draft law on providing asylum in the Russian Federation, RIA Novosti reports on Tuesday.
The bill would replace the current law on refugees and expand Russian law with a range of new terms and definitions that correspond with the reality of current immigration trends and politics.
The document defines the terms "refugee," "temporary asylum," "political asylum," and describes the procedure of granting asylum to foreign nationals and stateless persons, as well as the rights and obligations of asylum applicants and aid regulations.
Among other things, the bill regulates the provision of temporary protection of foreign nationals in case of an increased refugee inflow.
The bill also regulates the establishment of temporary accommodation for refugees, the rights of an asylum applicant’s family members, and the protection of minors not accompanied by parents or legal guardians.
An asylum applicant in Russia, including family members, will be required to observe Russian law, comply with identification requirements including fingerprints, and undergo a medical examination.
Asylum applicants and refugees in Russia are guaranteed that they will not be deported to their home country against their will between the time the asylum application is filed and until they lose their status as a protected person. Similar standards will also apply to family members.