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Poland Wants to Shut Its Entire Border With Belarus Due to Migrants Influx

Following the surge in the number of migrants at the Polish-Belarusian border, Poland is considering closing all checkpoints with Belarus.

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Announcing the new potential measure, Poland’s Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, said that Warsaw is studying the consequences that the decision would have for the country’s economy and local communities, Schengen.News reports.

Sikorski said that, like a few years ago, Poland is suffering from an influx of migrants who are attempting to reach EU countries through Belarus. The minister believes that this is happening under the control of Belarusian and Russian services.

It is particularly shocking that the functionaries of the Belarusian state instruct these people how to beat Polish soldiers and Polish border guards even when our guys are wearing bulletproof vests. This is completely unacceptable.

Poland’s Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski

According to the minister, a final decision to implement such a measure will be taken after analyzing its consequences.

Poland’s authorities’ plan was not welcomed by Belarus. Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called on the Polish authorities not to do so, arguing that keeping Belarusian connected to Europe is crucial, emphasizing that people could not be left behind a new iron curtain.

Poland Recorder Over 100,000 Irregular Border Crossing Attempts Since 2021

From August until December 2021, tens of thousands of irregular border crossings were recorded at common borders between Belarus and the European Union.

In November 2021, the Council of the European Union said that the influx of migrants is a result of groups of migrants being escorted by armed Belarusian security forces towards the borders of the EU countries with the aim of forcing irregular entries.

Back then, the Council said that the orchestrated instrumentalisation of humans by the Belarus regime for political purposes reached a new alarming dimension.

About 100,000 irregular border crossing attempts have been registered in Poland since 2021 from migrants attempting to reach this country from Belarus, according to the figures provided by Deutsche Welle.

In addition to Poland, an influx of migrants was also noted in Belarusian neighbouring countries, Latvia and Lithuania, at 25,432 and 22,190, respectively.

The same source reveals that in the first five months of this year, border guards in these three countries have already recorded over 20,000 attempts to cross into the EU.

According to the figures from Deutsche Welle, Poland is once again under the most pressure, with the country’s authorities registering over 400 irregular migration attempts by migrants using Poland as a transit country to then head to Germany and the United Kingdom.

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