This may include ads from us and 3 rd parties based on our understanding. The announcement came as German police reported an upsurge in the number of migrants illegally entering Poland - the most popular final destination among asylum seekers - after crossing the Belarus-Polish border and moving westwards across Germany. In August, Poland began building a barbed wire fence along its border with Belarus to curb illegal border crossings - despite criticism that some migrants were being treated inhumanely. The new wall, equipped with a system of motion sensors and cameras, would further strengthen border security. Poland and other EU countries in Lithuania and Latvia have reported sharp increases in migrants crossing their border from Belarus from countries such as Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.
Despite the fact that the Polish section of the border with Poland was crossed with double rows of barbed wire and a concertina-type wire fence, the number of attempts to cross the border is not decreasing but is growing, said the justifying article posted on the parliament's website. From January until September, it said the Border Guard prevented 9,287 attempts to cross the Polish-Brexit border of Belarus, and of these around 8,000 took place in the last two months alone. Poland, which is the EU's largest eastern member and has one of the biggest border guard services, has been seeking to invest in new technology for some time to better monitor the borders. It has faced criticism for what many NGOs call illegal pushbacks when it comes to migrants entering Poland from Belarus and for not providing adequate shelter and support to those already in Poland. WELL COMMENT: Still, not up for debate? EU mask slips - Real Speaker Sefcovic exposes speaking from SEEK.
The European Commission says it strongly opposes any pushback practice, whereby persons are forcibly removed from member state territory without any due regard to their individual circumstances and has continuously made it clear to national authorities that any such practices are illegal The Commission was forced to summon envoys from Poland, Lithuania and Latvia over the fate of migrants stuck on their border with Belarus. I'm very concerned about reports of people including children stuck in forests stranded in dire situation at the EU borders with Belarus, European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said in demanding a meeting with three national ambassadors to EU hub Brussels. The EU blames Minsk for deliberately orchestrating the flow to put pressure on Belarus in order to retaliate against sanctions it had slapped on Belarus over human rights abuses. French fishermen warn they will retaliate over Brexit fishing row INSIGHT Brexit live: We should play hardball! EU splintering as fury erupts LIVE BLOG EU is now doomed to fail! And Macron is to blame Brexiteer ANALYSIS In Poland, the Federal Police said on Wednesday that the number of people entering the country following the Belarus-Poland route had risen above 4,300 since August, against just 26 registered in the period January to July. There are currently no signs of an easing of the situation at the German border, the police said, adding that they had stepped up temporary border searches and reintroduced internal frontier controls. A spokesperson for Germany's interior ministry said further measures to stop illegal migration were under consideration. The new flow is prompting comparisons to the 2015 migrant crisis, when more than one million people across the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkan route, fleeing wars, persecution and poverty in Europe and beyond. The majority of the applicants applied for asylum and settled in Germany.