40 new asylum applications submitted to Estonia in the first 6 months of the year

In addition to the 40 new asylum applications, there were also six repeat applications and 14 applications for family reunification. Most applications came from citizens of Ukraine (16), Georgia (12), Iran (3), and Russia (3).

This marks an increase in asylum seekers from Ukraine – there were only three applicants in the first six months of last year.

Refugee status was given to five people: two Georgians, two Ukrainians and one Russian citizen. In addition, a Sudanese national was given subsidiary protection. As a part of the European relocation programme, Estonia has also taken in 79 people: seven from Iraq, 68 from Syria and four from Yemen.

In the first six months of 2017, Estonia has helped altogether 85 people to settle into new and safer lives.

The Human Rights Centre has offered counsel to 43 asylum applicant, 28 of whom were men, 15 were women.  The centre has also opened 12 strategic legal disputes. Proceedings have been opened regarding detainment, refusal of state legal aid, and incorrect conduct of asylum proceedings (the quality of the proceedings for international protection and access to it).