Citizenship department to deal with asylum

  • 1999-01-21
TALLINN (BNS) - An amendment to Estonia's law on refugees, which passed through a first reading in Parliament Jan. 18, will relegate decisions on asylum applications to the Citizenship and Migration Department instead of the government.According to the Interior Ministry, responsibility needs to be shifted because the procedure is too time-consuming. The amendment would speed up the process and shorten the time of handling an application, the government says.The bill also makes clear the grounds on which an application can be turned down and the rules for the speedy processing of application...
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