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Estonia reports more asylum applications from Ukraine since late 2013


TALLINN, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Estonian authorities on Tuesday reported increased asylum applications from Ukrainian citizens.

Maiga Lepp from the Estonian migration office told local media that some 20 asylum applications had been made by Ukrainian citizens since the start of the security crisis in the country late last year.

For comparison, there were only a few such applications before the crisis in Ukraine.

Authorities said most applicants hailed from the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk and Crimea. In many cases, the Ukrainian citizens had friends and relatives in Estonia.

According to official statistics, Ukrainians are the third largest group in Estonia after native Estonians and Russians.

"Their applications are still under consideration and no decisions have been made so far. If the government makes a positive decision, the person will receive a temporary residence permit," said Lepp.