Russians who arrived in the Netherlands in an attempt to evade partial mobilization are no longer automatically eligible for asylum, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service has said. In October, the Dutch authorities announced that Russian citizens subject to partial mobilization would be automatically granted asylum in the country.
“The decision entered into force on December 29 due to the lack of up-to-date, unambiguous and reliable information on the extent to which conscripts in Russia were forcibly involved in the conflict in Ukraine … At the moment, there is still too little reliable information on this matter, and decisions on applications for asylum is not yet possible,” the message posted on the service’s website says.
The Netherlands also noted that they would not provide asylum to newly arrived Russians who claim to be afraid of future mobilization. This is due to the fact that “the Minister of Defense of Russia announced the completion of mobilization and instructed military units to stop mobilization work from October 31,” the ministry said in a statement.