How to apply for asylum in the uae

How to apply for asylum in the UAE? International protection in the United Arab Emirates

The UAE does not have a formal asylum system. But Emirati authorities do not send you back to a country where you can be in danger. That is true in most cases. You can enter the UAE with a short-term visa, and then apply for a longer-term visa that suits you. That is a way to get international protection in the United Arab Emirates.

You want to go to the Abu Dhabi office of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for more information. See below for contacts and more details.

If you are afraid of persecution or inhumane treatment in your home country, you can seek asylum in the UAE.

Here is a brief description of how to apply for asylum or international protection in the UAE. This is the best information I could find, if something is not accurate, please do comment below.

How to apply for asylum in the UAE? International protection in the United Arab Emirates

You can contact the United Nations Refugees Agency (UNHCR) office in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

For questions about protection, please call the UNHCR toll-free hotline at (800) 864-27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For emergencies, you can call (+971 56 549 8796), which is open all the time.

You can contact UNHCR in the UAE at uaeab@unhcr.org as well.

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The UAE does not have a formal asylum system. But it generally respects the principle of non-refoulment. That means that Emirati authorities do not send you back to a country where you can be in danger. That is true in most cases. You can enter the UAE with a short-term visa, and then apply for a longer-term visa that suits you. 

The UAE has let vulnerable people stay in the country through its existing migration system. They do this by giving people temporary visas.

All people that enjoy international protection in the UAE, receive some kind of working visa. Therefore they can live in the UAE. That’s how Gulf Countries, like the UAE, offer international protection.

The UAE is not a state party to the 1951 Conference on the Status of Refugees and its Protocol of 1967. The UAE does not adhere to the Refugee Convention of 1951. The UAE is also not a state party to the Convention on Stateless Persons in 1954 or the Convention of 1961 Convention on Statelessness Elimination.

The relationship between UNHCR and the government has no legal structure. UNHCR advocates for refugees with the UAE authorities. 

Less than 3000 refugees and more than 7000 people looking for asylum are living in the UAE. Some asylum seekers and refugees are accepted. They are registered with the UNHCR. In most cases, the UNHCR takes care of refugees’ status in the UAE.

The caseload is comprised of a mixture of various nationalities. Those can be Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, and Somalia. Ukrainians and Russians don’t need a visa to come to the UAE.

Support services for victims of trafficking

UAE authorities, the UNHCR, and other organizations support services for victims of trafficking. They protect and assist all victims of trafficking, including male victims, with full respect for their human rights.

This is the best information I could find, if something is not accurate, please do comment below. 


Sources: Migrant Refugees

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