Poland: some 600 migrant crossings into EU foiled this year

Polands Border Guard authorities say that almost 600 attempts by migrants at crossing the border from Belarus have been foiled so far this year.The attempts have continued since their peak in the fall, but the number of registered tries has dropped significantly, to dozens a day from nearly a thousand a day in November.Border guards said on Twitter that on Monday, 23 migrants were detained after having crossed the razor-wire barriers into Poland, a European Union member.


PTI | Warsaw | Updated: 18-01-2022 20:04 IST | Created: 18-01-2022 20:04 IST
Poland: some 600 migrant crossings into EU foiled this year
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Poland's Border Guard authorities say that almost 600 attempts by migrants at crossing the border from Belarus have been foiled so far this year.

The attempts have continued since their peak in the fall, but the number of registered tries has dropped significantly, to dozens a day from nearly a thousand a day in November.

Border guards said on Twitter that on Monday, 23 migrants were detained after having crossed the razor-wire barriers into Poland, a European Union member. They were from Syria, Iraq, Cuba, the Palestinian territories and Turkmenistan. Earlier, Yemenis were also detained.

Poland says Belarusian officers are helping the migrants cut and cross the border barriers and attack Poland's border guards.

Poland is planning to build a high, metal barrier in the coming months to prevent any illegal crossings from Belarus. Border guards continue to receive backup from Poland's military. Poland and the EU say the migrant pressure was organized by the government of Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to destabilize the 27-member bloc in retaliation for sanctions that the West introduced after Belarus' 2020 presidential election that it says was rigged. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said Sunday it has flown back from Belarus some 4,000 Iraqis who got stuck at the border with Poland. The return flights were organized after pressure from the EU, alarmed by the plight of the migrants stuck in woods in freezing winter weather. In 2021, Poland's Border Guard registered 39,700 attempts to illegally cross from Belarus. German federal police say that 11,228 unauthorized entries “with a connection to Belarus” were recorded last year — 5,294 of them in October alone. They say that numbers are continuing to fall.

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