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25 October 2022, 17:42

Polish border guard criticized for trying to push refugees into Belarus

MINSK, 25 October (BelTA) – Polish border guard personnel keep attempting to push the refugees they apprehend into Belarus, the State Border Committee of Belarus told BelTA.

According to the source, mass media contact the State Border Committee and wonder how often Polish border guards deliver refugees to the Belarusian border and attempt to push them into Belarus. Every day the website of the Border Service of Poland publishes information about the number of refugees, who are found and apprehended in the Polish territory. The State Border Committee of Belarus pointed out that although Poland admits it apprehends refugees in its own territory, Poland also says that these foreigners are not allowed to begin the official shelter provision procedure and are not sent to the appropriate refugee accommodation sites.

Instead the Polish border service delivers the refugees to the Belarusian border and attempts to push them into Belarus' territory. On 24 October the Polish border service apprehended 62 refugees, including citizens of Cameroon, Sudan, Guinea, Nigeria, Egypt, Togo, Lebanon, and Madagascar. According to Polish reports, the Polish border service also stopped two couriers, who are citizens of Ukraine and were transporting 12 foreigners, including citizens of Egypt. The apprehended refugees were not allowed to start the official sheltering procedure and were not transported to appropriate refugee accommodation centers.

The Border Service of Poland does not publish information about the facilities for accommodating foreign citizens, about the number of refugees staying there, and about the ongoing procedures for examining applications for refugee status.

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