During October, German police detained 5,285 illegal migrants who arrived in Germany through the territory of Belarus and Poland. This is about twice as much as in the previous nine months. In total, since the beginning of the year, 7,831 migrants have been detained who have illegally arrived in Germany from the east, writes BZBerlin with reference to official data.
Over the past weekend, according to the German police, 597 illegal immigrants from Belarus were found near the border with Poland. They were mainly immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, whose passports had Belarusian visas and stamps to enter the country. Six of the detained migrants have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Earlier, the leadership of the German police union asked the authorities to temporarily restore border control on the border with Poland. And the Brandenburg authorities in eastern Germany demanded to take tough measures against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, who, as think in the EU, provokes a migration crisis.
Back in the summer, Poland and Lithuania appealed to the European Union to apply tougher measures against Belarus in connection with the migration crisis in the region. The EU believes that the Belarusian authorities take migrants to the borders and force them to move to the territory of Lithuania and Poland. These actions are called “hybrid aggression” in the European Union.
From the beginning of the year to the end of summer, more than 4 thousand illegal migrants were detained at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. This is almost 50 times more than in the entire 2020.
Center “Dossier” Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the German edition Der Spiegel published in August, documents confirming that the Belarusian authorities were involved in the migration crisis in Lithuania. The transportation of Iraqi citizens to the Belarusian-Lithuanian border was carried out with the participation of the state travel company Tsentrkurort, which is part of the Office of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. It is assumed that the flow of migrants is used by the Belarusian authorities to blackmail European countries, which are imposing sanctions against Minsk for suppressing the opposition and repression.
On August 9, Lukashenko announced that Belarus is ready to continue to receive tourists from the UAE, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, explaining this for economic reasons. At the same time, he denied accusations of organizing illegal migration.