Immigration via Belarus: Federal Police Chief Roman warns refugees against traveling to Europe

Migration through Belarus

Federal Police Chief Roman warns refugees before traveling to Europe

People stand on the border between Belarus and Poland and are prevented by soldiers from crossing the border.  (Source: dpa / V.
picture: dpa / V. Tolochko

‘Polish border remains closed’: Federal Police Chief Roman warned people not to flee through Belarus in harsh terms. However, the number of immigrants continues to rise and the situation at the border with Poland becomes dire.

“Belarus will not let you go home”

The number of immigrants is increasing

The number of asylum seekers coming to Brandenburg has increased since the middle of the year. In July, 365 arrivals were reported by the immigration authorities, and in September there were already 1,479 entries, as announced by the Ministry of the Interior in Potsdam in response to a request from the parliamentary group of AfD parties. By 25 October, the initial reception center for asylum seekers housed 2,671 men and women. Since the summer, Iraqis in particular, as well as Syrians, Afghans and other immigrants have been coming to Germany illegally via Belarus. The ministry did not provide any information on whether this also led to an increase in asylum applications.

Over the year to date, 7,128 people have reported the initial reception by 25 October after arriving in Brandenburg. Brandenburg entered a good 3800 via Belarus and Poland. Hundreds of foreigners came from others
Federal states. Here the Ministry of the Interior named only 1,575 people who had been assigned to Brandenburg by the end of June. Nearly a third of them are between the ages of 21 and 30. Just over 600 immigrants were under the age of 21.

Initial reception has sufficient capacity

With 586 refugees of all ages, the largest group came from Afghanistan. 261 people came from Syria, 94 from Iraq, 85 from Georgia, and 80 from Vietnam. About 1,200 refugees from Brandenburg were distributed to the other federal states by the end of October this year.

According to the ministry, there is sufficient capacity at the five initial reception sites in Brandenburg to accommodate refugees. Of the approximately 4,600 places available at the end of October, about 2,300 were occupied. If necessary, another 2,000 places can be quickly added.

By plane to Lithuania and Belarus

According to the police, most of the migrants came by air from Iraq to Lithuania and Belarus. The refugees usually crossed the border with Poland on foot. Further smuggling then led to the German-Polish border by cars, buses, and vans.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spoke to Belarus Governor Lukashenko on Monday about the situation of refugees in the Polish-Belarus border region. Government spokesman Stephen Seibert announced in the evening that the phone call was about “the difficult situation on the border between Belarus and the European Union.” Above all, the “need for humanitarian assistance to refugees and migrants who are there” was discussed.

According to Seibert, Merkel and Lukashenko agreed to “continue exchanges on these issues.” This is the first phone call between a European head of government or country and Lukashenko since his controversial re-election last year.

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