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Kiev recommends SPD politicians: "Take two, three, five migrants into your home

Ukraine has recommended that German politicians take in migrants from the Belarusian-Polish border into their homes. Previously, some German MPs suggested that those affected should go through their asylum procedure in a third country. The foreign policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, Nils Schmid, named Ukraine as a possible country.

The secretary of the Ukrainian Security Council, Alexei Danilov, firmly rejected this. “We have a proposal for the German Social Democrats. They have to bring migrants into their homes, two, three, five at a time. If there is not enough space in the Bundestag where you have offices, let them come to your home and stay there,” Danilov said on Thursday at a press conference after a meeting of the Security Council, according to the Russian state broadcaster RT.

The officer added that this was not a joke, but a serious suggestion. "Why should we take in migrants if Germans have to look after them? Very strange that Germans are teaching us what to do in this case."

Ukrainian ambassador also criticizes SPD politicians
The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, also criticized the SPD for its proposal. This had not been agreed with the government in Kiev beforehand, said Melnyk on Friday morning on Deutschlandfunk. Nevertheless, Ukraine is ready to talk.

Not only SPD politicians, but also migration experts had proposed that Belarus migrants be accepted through a third country. “We let people in, but find a way through allies in Eastern Europe, with whom we agree that after a certain deadline they will accept people we let in. For example in Ukraine or Moldova,” said migration researcher Gerald Knaus, who was responsible for the refugee agreement between the EU and Turkey, a few days ago.

However, asylum seekers in Belarus also have the opportunity to apply for protection status as a refugee. “We are here today to provide modest humanitarian aid and at the same time we have given information on alternative options in the current situation. First and foremost, this is because these people have the right to apply for refugee status in the Republic of Belarus, another alternative option is voluntary return home,” explained the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations in Belarus, Mahym Orazmuchammedowa.

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