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Russia a Rare Destination for Syrians Seeking Refuge

While tens of thousands of Syrian refugees continue to flee civil war by traveling to neighboring countries and Europe, Russia is a rare destination despite its Soviet and Cold War ties to Damascus.   According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, there were 238,836 refugees and asylum-seekers in Russia as of January.  But almost all of them, 234,016, fled the fighting in Ukraine, while only 2,340 were from Syria.   Bayisa Wak-Woya, the UNHCR representative for...

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