GRODNO, 8 February (BelTA) – More than 700 people remain in the refugee shelter set up at the Belarus-Poland border. They do not want to return home, Dmitry Rezenkov, chief of the Grodno Oblast Police Department, told journalists at a press conference on 8 February, BelTA has learned.
The refugees have been stranded at the border for three months already. On 8 November a large group of the refugees made an attempt to get into the European Union, but Poland did not let them through. Some of the refugees agreed to return home, but more than 700 still remain in Belarus. A temporary accommodation facility was set up for them on the territory of a logistics hub not far from the Bruzgi checkpoint at the Belarus-Poland border.
“Now 713 people are here, including more than 270 children. Belarus did not leave them behind. They are provided with food, medical care, and a banya. Everything is done to ensure their safety,” Dmitry Rezenkov said. He stressed that no crimes were committed against or by the refugees.
Those living in the shelter do not want to return home. Many of them sold everything they had in their homeland in a bid to get to the EU to reunite with their relatives who had arrived there earlier. By the way, the refugees were offered to stay in Belarus, but they continue to hope to get to the EU.