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Large numbers of Ukrainians seeking asylum in Europe

Summary of Disinformation

In order to be granted asylum in Europe Ukrainians are resorting to pretending to be gay and communist. Some 10,000 Ukrainians with communist party membership cards have settled in Italy, while in the Czech Republic Ukrainians constitute that country’s second largest émigré community.

Disproof

No evidence given. Both the European Statistics Agency Eurostat and the NGO Europe Without Borders, show that the number of Ukrainian asylum seekers has declined significantly. According to Eurostat, Ukrainians don’t even make the top five of countries with the largest number of asylum seekers in Italy. Meanwhile in 2016 all of 355 Ukrainians were granted refugee status in the Czech Republic.Further debunking at Stopfake https://www.stopfake.org/en/russian-agitprop-ukrainians-pass-as-gay-or-communist-to-gain-asylum-in-europe/.

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Reported in: Issue 98
Date: 08.02.2018
Language: Russian
Country of Origin: Italy, Czech Republic, Ukraine
Reported by: East Stratcom
Keywords: Refugees, Migration crisis, Ukrainian statehood, LGBT
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: NTV, Utro.ru, Channel 5, Argumenty i fakty, Life.ru, RIA Novosti, Lenta.ru, Vzglyad, Pravda.ru, Rossiyskaya gazeta, Novosti Rossiyi, Informburo, Handofmoscow, Vesti.lv, eg.ru, ridus.ru
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