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The Roanoke Times
November 5, 2023

Russian asylum seekers find their way to Roanoke
By Heather Rousseau

Damir, Irina and their family are part of more than 58,000 Russians who have filed new cases in U.S. immigration courts since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data research center at Syracuse University. The increase is substantial when compared to the number of asylum-seekers over the past 20 years, which ranged from a low of 630 to just over 2,000. Russia’s military draft and crackdown on opponents of the invasion account for the spike in Russians seeking asylum during the past year and a half.

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