Eastern Europe

Around 2,000 migrants camped at Belarus-Poland border, Minsk says

16:51, 18 November 2021
Around 2,000 migrants camped at Belarus-Poland border, Minsk says Photo: terytorialsi.wp.mil.pl

There are about seven thousand migrants in Belarus, including two thousand who remain at the Belarus-Poland border, spokesperson of the Belarusian President Natalya Eismont said on Thursday.

"The European Union sets up a humanitarian corridor for 2,000 refugees who are in the camp. We are committed to helping as far as possible as the 5,000 people will be returned to their countries," the spokeswoman said.

Around 600 refugees reportedly agreed to return to their homeland, mostly Iraqi citizens, the press secretary said. The rest of the refugees in Belarus didn’t want to return and insisted to be granted asylum in the EU, primarily in Germany.

A spokesperson for Iraq’s Foreign Ministry Ahmed al-Sahaf has announced that the first flight aiming at bringing home Iraqi refugees stuck on the Belarus-Poland Border will be held this Thursday.

Eismont added that the European Union doesn’t fulfill the agreement on resolving the migrant crisis.

"We are keeping our promises, while not a single commitment has been fulfilled by the European Union," she said.

On November 17, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and outgoing Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel discussed the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border by telephone and agreed on immediate negotiations between the republic and the EU on the migrant’s issue.

The Belarus-EU border crisis worsened in November as Poland accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of pushing illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries of the Middle East to its territory.