NYT: The number of Russians who fled to the US through Mexico has increased by 4660%

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The number of Russians who fled to the United States through Mexico increased by 4660%. Such data are provided by columnist Mariam Jordan for the American newspaper The New York Times.

“[До начала спецоперации на Украине россияне] flooded out of the country and sought refuge in the United States. The exodus intensified <…> at the end of February, reaching the highest levels in recent history. In fiscal year 2022, 21,763 Russians were issued by U.S. authorities at the southern border, up from 467 in 2020. In October alone, 3,879 people arrived,” writes Mariam Jordan in her article for The New York Times, citing data from the US Border Patrol.

At the same time, as the author writes, contrary to the expectations of asylum and freedom, many Russians are placed in immigration detention centers that resemble prisons. Lawyers who regularly work with migrants say some Russians remain in detention for months in conditions they describe as extremely harsh, she said. “Proportionally, compared to people from other countries, more Russians are being sent into custody,” said Svetlana Kuff, a San Francisco-based immigration lawyer, who explained she has been inundated with requests for help.

According to her, everyone who crosses the border has the right to seek asylum, but “it is granted only to those who can prove that they have been persecuted in their home country on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group. ,” Jordan said.

Earlier it was reported that about one hundred thousand emigrants from Russia are currently in Kazakhstan. This was announced by the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic Tamara Duysenova.

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