More and more migrants are striving to get to Russia in order to subsequently go from there to the countries of the European Union, said Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Alexander Grebenkin. An interview with him was published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Sunday, November 21. In particular, according to him, the flow of immigrants from the countries of the Near and Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia has increased.
20 thousand migrants annually
According to the Security Council, annually Russian border guards identify more than 20 thousand foreigners who are trying to illegally enter Russia, another 6 thousand migrants are annually detained when crossing the border outside checkpoints. In 2021, 22.4 thousand foreign citizens who did not have the appropriate permission were not allowed into the country, Grebenkin added.
In addition, according to him, since the beginning of 2020, border guards have stopped the activities of 182 organizers of illegal migration channels.
The flow of migrants from the territory of Belarus
The number of migrants heading to the EU has grown significantly since May 2021. People from the Middle East began to cross the borders of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia from Belarus.
The countries of the European Union have accused the ruler of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko of a hybrid attack on the EU in retaliation for the European sanctions imposed on his regime.
On November 15, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that some of the migrants at the Polish-Belarusian border had arrived there from Moscow. However, he did not provide any details.
Against the background of the deteriorating situation in the countries bordering Belarus, Estonia began to rapidly erect temporary barriers on the land border with Russia.