The Polish government has agreed to construct a $400 million border wall with Belarus in order to prevent asylum seekers from entering the nation.
Jonny Tickle contributed to this article.
Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski announced the decision on Twitter, saying that the government had endorsed the concept for a “strong, high barrier” with monitoring technology.
The law will now be debated in parliament, with MPs voting on the project, which is expected to cost the Polish public 1.615 billion zloty ($400 million).
The push to secure the Polish border follows months of a migrant crisis that began in May. Thousands more third-country nationals, mostly from the Middle East, attempted to enter the EU via Belarus that month, according to reports from Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania. The situation has not changed.
The situation erupted after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko declared that his country would no longer make any attempt to prevent illegal immigration. The three EU countries believe that Minsk’s administration has brought in migrants from other countries and is transporting them to the border as a kind of warfare.
According to the Polish Border Guard, there have been over 6,000 attempts to unlawfully cross the border from Belarus into Poland since the beginning of October.
Amnesty International, a London-based human rights organization, slammed Warsaw in September after it was discovered that it had illegally stranded 32 Afghan migrants on the Belarusian border, leaving them without clean water, shelter, or medicine for weeks, despite having an obligation as an EU country to process their asylum claims.
According to an Amnesty International investigation, “this movement could constitute evidence of an unlawful pushback because it appears to have occurred as armed Polish border guards surrounded the migrants’ temporary camp.”
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