Of the refugees who went to court on the initiative of the Estonian Human Rights Center, one has been granted the refugee status sought while another's case continues to be processed.
Litigation was resolved with compromise, as the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) agreed to a new procedure and reassessed the grounds for their stay in Estonia, reported Estonian Daily Postimees (link in Estonian).
The issue was rooted in the fact that the PPA had initially decided to grant refugees being relocated from Greece and Italy subsidiary protection rather than refugee status.
Persons who have received subsidiary protection are foreign nationals whose lives are threatened in their homeland by armed conflict; such persons are granted one-year residence permits. According to the law, persons given refugee status are people who are also personally targeted due to their race, religion, ethnicity, belonging to a particular social group or political views. Those who receive legal refugee status are granted three-year residence permits.
Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik