As reported by Russian TV channel “Dozhd” (“Rain” – RRT) referencing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the number of Russians seeking for asylum in the USA in 2016 was the highest in the last 20 years.
According to the report, 1912 Russian citizens sought asylum in the United States in 2016. Compared with 2015, this figure rose by 31%, and by 164% comparing to 2012. A larger number of people willing to move to the U.S. was only in 1994, when the U.S. government received 2127 applications from Russia.
According to immigration lawyers, reasons for migration of Russians are discrimination of sex minorities, opposition to Vladimir Putin‘s policies, and the prevalence of corruption.
“Our customers report an increased level of violence. Many our customers came to us because they suffered from all sorts of physical attacks in Russia,” said Pamela Denzer, an employee of Immigration Equality, which is the largest U.S. law firm, dealing with immigration issues.
She added that a surge of asylum requests was also noted in other countries of the former Soviet Union.