Legal niceties: Crimean Tatars in Polish trap

Being in flight from the new authorities and the Russian order, Crimea’s native people have arrived in Poland. But there is every likelihood that they will have to return to Ukraine.

A group of Crimean Tatars are applying for asylum in Poland. The fact that Poland denies the recent referendum’s legitimacy and considers Crimea as part of Ukraine may make the procedure of Crimean Tatars’ winning refugee status. ‘Crimea’s assesion’ is nothing else but annexation, Poland believes. ‘Generally speaking, we have no legal ground for their recognising as refugees,’ Anna Trotska, an international lawyer, told Polish radio RDC.

The Tatars, a Turkic ethnic group, were victimised by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in World War Two and deported en masse to Soviet Central Asia in 1944 on suspicion of collaborating with Nazi Germany.Tens of thousands of them returned to their homeland after Ukraine gained independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.

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