In the meantime, significantly fewer people come to Germany on the migration route via Belarus and Poland. The German federal police registered unauthorized entries in November 2849 – a little more than half as many as in October.
The EU accuses the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of targeting people from crisis regions to Minsk in order to smuggle them into the EU. Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have tightened the EU’s external border with Belarus in recent weeks – obviously with success.
In the summer, the number of people entering Germany illegally via Belarus rose sharply, from an initial 474 illegal entries in August to a total of 5285 in October.
Poland meanwhile continues to restrict access to the border area with Belarus. The ruling, signed by President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday, allows the government to block access to certain parts of the three-kilometer-wide border region depending on the location. This will de facto extend the state of emergency, which automatically expired on Wednesday night.
Poland also erected a barbed wire fence and stationed thousands of soldiers along the 400-kilometer border. The Polish border guards reported 102 attempts at illegal border crossings within 24 hours on Wednesday. According to the Ministry of Defense, near the town of Terespol, the light masts erected by the army were shot at and damaged by an air rifle from the Belarusian side. (APA / Red)
The EU Commission also wants to allow Poland, Latvia and Lithuania to temporarily suspend certain property rights of migrants. On Wednesday, Commissioner Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Migration Ylva Johansson presented a proposal to soften some EU asylum rules.
If implemented, the proposal would allow countries to extend the asylum process and simplify deportations. The measures should initially apply for six months. This should not only make deportations easier, but also faster. (APA / Red)