spokesman for the EU Commission said that Lukashenko not only instrumentalizes migrants to destabilize the EU, but continues to oppress his own people. In view of the smuggling of migrants towards the EU, EU member states are discussing tightening EU sanctions against Belarus. The EU foreign ministers want to deal with the issue next Monday. The EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the instrumentalization of migrants for political purposes by Belarus was unacceptable.
A spokeswoman for the Brussels authority added that the Commission’s stance on not providing financial support for the construction of border fences had not changed. Poland is planning to build a barrier along the border with Belarus. Instead of financial help, the EU Commission has been offering the government in Warsaw for weeks the support of the EU border protection agency Frontex, the asylum authority Easo and the police authority Europol. However, the Polish government rejects this, in contrast to the other affected countries, Latvia and Lithuania.
German interior authorities: the number of refugees could continue to rise
German interior authorities assume that the number of refugees could continue to rise. According to the flight plans, around 40 planes from Damascus, Baghdad and the Middle East region could reach Minsk with refugees every week . With an average number of passengers, that would be 6000 people per week and 24,000 per month.
In the first week of November alone, the federal police registered 993 unauthorized entries via Belarus at the German-Polish border. In the current year, 8,833 people have been identified, the Presidium of the Federal Police in Potsdam announced on Monday. There are currently no signs of an easing of the situation.