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EASO warns of a "serious situation" at the EU border with Belarus

The EU asylum authority EASO has warned of an aggravated migration situation on the border with Belarus.

Valletta - "The situation in the countries on the Belarusian border is very serious," said the Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), Nina Gregori, to the newspapers of the Funke-Mediengruppe. She also emphasized: "The situation with Belarus will certainly not be resolved in the near future." Lithuania and Latvia are particularly hard hit.

"Just one example: Lithuania normally registers 500 asylum applications per year. During this time, the authorities have registered more than 2,500 asylum applications from refugees from Belarus since the start of the refugee movements at the beginning of summer," said Gregori. The EU asylum authority sent 77 employees to Lithuania to help with reception, registration and asylum procedures.

"The EU must draw attention to the aid to the Eastern European countries in order to provide them with better support on asylum issues in the future." Most recently, the Federal Police on the border with Poland also registered a sharp increase in the number of refugees entering the EU via Belarus and applying for asylum. In May, the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko announced in response to tightened EU sanctions that more refugees would enter the European Union via Belarus.

According to the Federal Police, more than 4,300 people have come irregularly to Germany on the new escape route via Belarus and Poland since August. They come mainly from Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Iran.

Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP.
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