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Hundreds of stranded migrants demonstrate at the Belarus-Poland border

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Hundreds of stranded migrants demonstrate at the Belarus-Poland border

Hundreds of migrants stranded at the border between Belarus and Poland organized a demonstration, Thursday, November 25, 2021, in which they demanded that their fate be determined as soon as possible.

The Anatolia correspondent reported that the majority of the demonstrators on the border area in Brozgi hold Iraqi citizenship. They arrived in Belarus on regular visas and then went to the border with Poland; Hoping to cross into Western Europe. And participated in the protest, children and women next to the men, and they raised banners calling for a quick decision on their status, and to allow them to cross to Europe.

Refusal to return to Iraq

The demonstrators chanted slogans in which they affirmed their categorical refusal to return to Iraq, where they described the difficult living conditions, while some of them complained about the insufficient food provided to them.

In turn, the representative of the Belarusian Red Cross in the Grodno region, Natalia Tolkacheva, said that the organization has distributed 90 tons of food to migrants stranded at the border between Belarus and Poland since the outbreak of the crisis.

Since November 8, 2021, nearly 2,000 migrants, most of them from Iraq and Syria, have attempted to cross into Poland via Belarus; Hoping to reach Western European countries.

Most of the migrants were staying in tents in the border areas between the two countries, but the Belarusian authorities evacuated them from the tents and moved them to a closed area between the two countries.

Iraqis stuck at the border

In this context, the Iraqi authorities announced, on Wednesday, that 700 of its nationals stranded at the borders of Belarus and the European Union have registered their names to return to the country.

The spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, Jutiar Adel, said in statements reported by the official news agency “Ana”, that “700 people of immigrants registered their names for voluntary return.” He added that the security authorities have arrested 10 people accused of human smuggling so far, and they are being investigated.

Adel indicated that the regional government formed a committee to determine the reasons for migration, and held its first meeting on November 10, 2021, and will submit its report to the regional council of ministers later. He considered that “most of the migrants were victims of smugglers, and there are no political or economic motives for migration.”

On Thursday, Iraq evacuated 430 of its nationals stranded at the borders of Belarus and the European Union. This flight was the first of its kind since August 2021, when the Iraqi government evacuated 690 of its citizens stranded on the borders of Belarus and Lithuania in eastern Europe.

Denying entry to refugees

For weeks, the Lithuanian government has been preventing hundreds of Iraqis, mostly from the Kurdistan region, as “irregular immigrants”, coming from Belarus, from entering its territory; As a result, they remained stuck at the borders of the two countries in poor conditions.

Many asylum seekers are trying to cross the border to enter Poland from Belarus, where there are currently about 4,000 asylum seekers at the border between the two countries, according to the Polish news agency.

In the context, the European Union accuses Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of coordinating the arrival of this wave of migrants and refugees to the eastern side of the bloc, in response to the European sanctions imposed on his country after the “brutal repression” exercised by his regime against the opposition.


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Hundreds of migrants stranded at the border between Belarus and Poland organized a demonstration, Thursday, November 25, 2021, in which they demanded that their fate be determined as soon as possible.

The Anatolia correspondent reported that the majority of the demonstrators on the border area in Brozgi hold Iraqi citizenship. They arrived in Belarus on regular visas and then went to the border with Poland; Hoping to cross into Western Europe. And participated in the protest, children and women next to the men, and they raised banners calling for a quick decision on their status, and to allow them to cross to Europe.

Refusal to return to Iraq

The demonstrators chanted slogans in which they affirmed their categorical refusal to return to Iraq, where they described the difficult living conditions, while some of them complained about the insufficient food provided to them.

In turn, the representative of the Belarusian Red Cross in the Grodno region, Natalia Tolkacheva, said that the organization has distributed 90 tons of food to migrants stranded at the border between Belarus and Poland since the outbreak of the crisis.

Since November 8, 2021, nearly 2,000 migrants, most of them from Iraq and Syria, have attempted to cross into Poland via Belarus; Hoping to reach Western European countries.

Most of the migrants were staying in tents in the border areas between the two countries, but the Belarusian authorities evacuated them from the tents and moved them to a closed area between the two countries.

Iraqis stuck at the border

In this context, the Iraqi authorities announced, on Wednesday, that 700 of its nationals stranded at the borders of Belarus and the European Union have registered their names to return to the country.

The spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, Jutiar Adel, said in statements reported by the official news agency “Ana”, that “700 people of immigrants registered their names for voluntary return.” He added that the security authorities have arrested 10 people accused of human smuggling so far, and they are being investigated.

Adel indicated that the regional government formed a committee to determine the reasons for migration, and held its first meeting on November 10, 2021, and will submit its report to the regional council of ministers later. He considered that “most of the migrants were victims of smugglers, and there are no political or economic motives for migration.”

On Thursday, Iraq evacuated 430 of its nationals stranded at the borders of Belarus and the European Union. This flight was the first of its kind since August 2021, when the Iraqi government evacuated 690 of its citizens stranded on the borders of Belarus and Lithuania in eastern Europe.

Denying entry to refugees

For weeks, the Lithuanian government has been preventing hundreds of Iraqis, mostly from the Kurdistan region, as “irregular immigrants”, coming from Belarus, from entering its territory; As a result, they remained stuck at the borders of the two countries in poor conditions.

Many asylum seekers are trying to cross the border to enter Poland from Belarus, where there are currently about 4,000 asylum seekers at the border between the two countries, according to the Polish news agency.

In the context, the European Union accuses Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of coordinating the arrival of this wave of migrants and refugees to the eastern side of the bloc, in response to the European sanctions imposed on his country after the “brutal repression” exercised by his regime against the opposition.

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