The Polish authorities plan to deport about 200 illegal migrants who entered the country. This was announced on Monday, November 22, by the press secretary of the Polish Border Guard, Anna Michalskaya.
“This week we are planning another return of foreigners to their countries of origin. We plan to deport about 200 people, including ten organizers of illegal migration. We would like to organize as many charter flights as possible, ”she said during the briefing.
According to Michalskaya, Iraq, which is a destination country, must agree to receive its citizens.
Earlier that day, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced that a second flight from Minsk to return Middle Eastern migrants to their homeland is planned at the end of this month.
On November 18, it was reported that the first group of Iraqi citizens, who had previously tried to enter the EU through the Belarusian-Polish border, voluntarily left Belarus on an Iraqi Airways export flight en route Minsk-Baghdad. According to the press secretary of the Belarusian president Natalia Eismont, 374 Iraqi refugees were on board.
Later it became known that the refugee camp set up on the Polish-Belarusian border was empty. All migrants who were there were accommodated in a logistics center.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, in turn, pointed out the need to convey Warsaw’s position to migrants and convince them to return home. For this, according to him, the Polish side is ready to finance flights from Belarus to the homeland of migrants, the politician added. He also opposed the creation of a humanitarian corridor for migrants who have accumulated in Belarus.
The crisis on the border of Belarus with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland escalated sharply on November 8 due to the increased flow of migrants from the Middle East. Several thousand people approached the Polish border from the Belarusian side, intending to enter the European Union. Some tried to break through the fences, others organized camps and remained in the border zone.