Russian Immigrants Compound NYC Migrant Crisis

( – New York City now appears to be dealing with a new migrant crisis, this time from Russia, as a surge of Russians are now fleeing their homeland in the wake of the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

According to data obtained by the New York Post, the number of Russian asylum cases before the New York State immigration court has spiked 158% over the past year. The new development only seems to exacerbate the already severe migrant crisis currently afflicting the Big Apple, with thousands of refugees from the Southern border being bussed to the city in droves.

The Roosevelt Hotel, for instance, a famous building in the city that was shuttered three years ago, was outfitted to house migrants from the border crisis amid housing shortages, though the hotel has long since been at capacity.

Now it looks as though the city will have to potentially deal with an influx of Russian nationals, the number of cases before the immigration court spiking from 3,098 cases as of October 31st, 2021, to September 30th, 2022, to 8,002 cases for the current fiscal year, which runs from October 1st, 2022, to September 30th, 2023, according to data obtained by the Post as of Sunday, September 10th.

Data going all the way back to 2001 has shown only a few hundred asylum and deportation cases involving Russian nationals. This means that the numbers have surged dramatically — nearly 10-fold — since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, 2022.

The New York City Hall is monitoring the situation as it develops, and is using the immigration court statistics to monitor the current flow of migrants into the city. The data obtained by the Post was originally obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice by New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ Office of Immigrant Affairs via Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

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