Take a look at the cover of today’s NRC newspaper. Headline is about a fraudulent scheme involving dozens of residents from the Western Ukraine. They arrive to the Netherlands on a tourist visa, apply for asylum and then receive “compensation” amount of 3450 euros and safely return home with the money of European taxpayers.

 

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How this scheme was disclosed? International Organization for Migration (IOM) had turned attention of the Dutch authorities to a sharp increase of applications from the Ukrainians to obtain “compensation”: if in 2015 were received 58 applications, then only in January of this year there were 64 of them! That, according to the IOM, is a clear indication of the possibility of using a fraudulent scheme. On this indicator Ukraine has entered the absolute first place. By comparison, 52 of such applications were received from Iraq, 17 from Afghanistan and 1 from Russia. 

 

The lion’s share of Ukrainian applications are from residents of Ivano-Frankivsk region. The Dutch began an investigation. One solution to the problem is the exclusion of Ivano-Frankivsk residents from this scheme. So naive… They do not even know that in Ukraine resident of Ivano-Frankivsk may become the resident of Kiev or Lviv for a one day.

 

The newspaper plainly says that this scandal will affect the results of the referendum. At the same time laments the fact how easy Ukrainians can obtain a tourist visa to the EU via Poland now. By the way, they have spared readers and decided not to frighten them by the prospect of the introduction of visa-free regime with Ukraine!

 

 

 

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