Migrant Crisis at the Border between Poland and Belarus

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The Polish government says Belarus wants to destabilize the country. The Episcopate invites to exercise fraternity.

Newsroom (August 26, 2021, 12:45, Gaudium Press) On the border between Poland and Belarus, more precisely near the town of Usnarz Górny, something is occurring that the Polish Episcopate’s migration council called “worrying.”

“Recently, a worrying phenomenon has occurred on our eastern border, where people from various countries try to reach Poland through Belarus,” according to the statement released by the episcopate. Poland and Belarus share a 250-mile border. Poland has sent troops to this border.

This month alone, more than 2,000 people have attempted to cross the border. The Polish defense minister announced the construction of a fence along this border.

“These are not infrequently politically stimulated as a result of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and others, resulting in the exodus of many people who fear for their own safety. We are aware of the complexity of the geopolitical conditions that provoke the current migration processes,” the statement reports.

“We trust that law enforcement officials will fully respect international obligations to persons seeking protection, including the right to seek international protection.”

Pressure from Belarus?

Polish Prime Minister Mateo Morawiecki has accused Belarusian authorities of pushing migrants to cross the border as a plot to destabilize Poland. This would be in response to European Union sanctions against that country after the disputed elections in August last year.

The fact that Latvia and Lithuania, members of the European Union, have also been affected by this migration crisis seems to confirm what the prime minister said.

The Polish episcopate urges Poland to provide all possible help and to show “solidarity” with war refugees.

With CNA information.

Compiled by Sarah Gangl

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