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27 August 2021, 17:57

Opinion: Eastern Europe's treatment of illegal immigrants attracted international attention

MINSK, 27 August (BelTA) - The Eastern European countries are trying to squeeze out illegal immigrants. Their actions have attracted the attention of the international authorities, political scientist Aleksei Dzermant said on the air of the Alfa Radio station, BelTA learned from sb.by.

According to various estimates, several million people may try to flee from the new government in Afghanistan. Most likely, some flows will head towards Eastern Europe. Brussels will insist that the Eastern European countries accommodate them until they are screened. Now these countries of Eastern Europe are trying to squeeze out illegal immigrants, but this will not pass. We see that the international organizations - the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees – have already responded to such actions," the analyst said.

In his words, representatives of these organizations have already visited the border. “The European Court of Human Rights has issued interim measures calling on Poland and Latvia to provide food, water, clothing, adequate medical care and, if possible, temporary shelter” to refugees. These measures should not be understood as as a requirement for Poland and Latvia to let the applicants enter their territories, but it is a signal to the authorities that they cannot proceed with what they have been doing. In Poland, for example, local politicians become increasingly angry with the situation. We saw a Polish opposition MP trying to run past border guards to bring supplies to migrants and being stopped by these border guards. The situation is beginning to change. Earlier they did not notice it, there was no internal political pressure on the authorities. Now this pressure is showing. This means that other decisions will be made,” Aleksei Dzermant said. “They will probably have to build camps for migrants. Poland has begun to do so. Brussels will urge to treat illegal immigrants more humanely. A multi-tier system will be built for these people," the analyst said.

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