MINSK, 23 September (BelTA) – The signing of the readmission agreement with the European Union does not pose considerable migration risks for Belarus, BelTA learned from Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during a consular day on Facebook.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminded that the agreement on facilitating visa procedures (once it is signed and the relevant intrastate procedures are over on both sides) is supposed to come into force simultaneously with the agreement on readmitting the persons who are staying without permission. Both documents contain no unilateral obligations. All the obligations are mutual, the source pointed out.
As for Belarus' commitments regarding the readmission of third-country citizens, the country will be granted a two-year transition period. The agreement will not apply to third-country citizens and stateless persons for two years after the agreement comes into force. According to the shared opinion of Belarusian government agencies, the agreement does not pose significant migration risks for Belarus.
Belarus and the European Union will have to readmit (allow to come back) their own citizens, third-country citizens and stateless persons who do not meet or no longer meet legality criteria in each other's territories. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that the draft readmission agreement stipulates mutual fast and effective procedures relating to the process.