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New York Post
September 10, 2023

Ukraine war sparked dramatic surge of Russians fleeing homeland for New York, adding to migrant crunch
By Carl Campanile

A record number of Russians have fled their homeland and are seeking asylum in New York amid Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine — adding to the Big Apple’s massive migrant crisis, data obtained by the Post shows. The number of Russians with cases in New York State Immigration Court — which rules on asylum/deportation cases — has skyrocketed 158% over the past year, the data reveals. There were 3,098 cases involving Russian nationals in New York immigration court for the federal fiscal year covering Oct. 31, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022. As of Sunday, the number of asylum cases involving Russian nationals jumped to 8,002 for the current fiscal year running from Oct. 1, 2022, to this Sept. 30. Meanwhile, data shows there were only a few hundred cases of Russians in asylum/deportation proceedings going back every year to 2001 — meaning the numbers surged nearly 10-fold since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. The US Department of Justice immigration court statistics were retrieved by Mayor Eric Adams’ Office of Immigrant Affairs from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. City Hall is monitoring immigration court proceedings to track the migrant flow.

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