Slovakia's asylum policy sparks UNHCR concern

THE UNITED Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees in Slovakia (UNHCR) says that Slovakia’s track record for granting asylum is among the lowest in the European Union. The UNHCR is seriously concerned because the number of refugees seeking asylum in Slovakia is growing, reports the SME daily.

In the first six months of 2004 as many as 6,400 refugees sought asylum in Slovakia - the highest number in the history of the country. Of these applicants only 0.2 percent received asylum.

UNHCR spokeswoman Mária Èierna said Austria has granted asylum to 96 percent of Chechen asylum seekers, while Slovakia has denied asylum to all such cases.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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