UNHCR report says Ukraine needs to improve its asylum system

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Ukraine's asylum system still requires fundamental improvements, says a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

According to the report released Friday, UNHCR says Ukraine's asylum system needs to offer better protection against forced return of asylum seekers and to improve the fairness and efficiency of the hearings process.

As a result of these concerns, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is advising other states not to return asylum-seekers to Ukraine at this time.

UNHCR says it believes Ukraine has made progress in several areas, including access to asylum procedures and the reception of unaccompanied and separated children. But it says basic improvements are still needed in guaranteeing effective protection against asylum-seekers being sent back to the countries from which they fled.

The report says there is also a need to create conditions for the transparent and fair review of asylum applications, including for instance, enhancing the independence of decision-makers. Adequate reception capacity and resources for asylum-seekers are still lacking, and access to, and conditions in, the country's two temporary accommodation centres remain below established standards.

UNHCR says it remains ready to work with the Ukrainian Government to help implement the report's recommendations to develop its relatively new asylum system.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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