Migrant crisis in the EU

Several thousand migrants have tried to enter the EU through Belarus in several months. Poland has put thousands of troops monitoring its borders with Belarus to keep out the Middle Eastern migrants from countries like Syria and Libya which are war ridden countries. Ukraine has also doubled its number of border guards on its frontier due to the fact it shares a border with Belarus and to prevent migrants entering illegally.

The EU has accused Belarus leader (Alexander Lukashenko) of ‘gangster’ behaviour for luring migrants to Europe under false pretences and encouraging them, in a way, to enter illegally.

The crisis, which arose since the summer, unveiled on Monday after a group of approximately 100 migrants used anything to attempt and force their way into Poland near the border village of Kuznica-where they in fact repelled by Polish security forces.

European Commission Spokesman Peter Stano said on Tuesday that “The Lukashenko regime is starting to behave as a gangster regime” and went on to say that it was inhuman, unacceptable and illegal, and has been frowned upon.

A prime example of this at the Kuznica border- one of three crossings into Belarus. Currently, officials are estimating that currently 4000 migrants are at the border.

What have other countries been doing?

Lithuania tried a different approach and declared it a state of emergency as it prevented migrants from entering.

Warsaw also had received aid from the EU, with Ursula von der Leyen suggesting to impose further sanctions on Lukashenko - even Germany had become involved and urged the bloc to help Poland deal with the overwhelming surge of migrants.

What is the Bloc?

It is referring to a group of countries or parties who have formed an alliance to benefit them.

Commission officials think that the migrant crisis is getting out of hand and are deciding whether to impose sanctions on airlines from countries such as Turkey or Russia as they believe they are involved in dumping migrants to them and ‘migrant trafficking’ to Belarus.

On Tuesday, Lukashenko appeared to be communicating with Vladimir Putin after phoning him and sending his foreign minister for two days of talks in Moscow. Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that the EU should provide financial support to assist Belarus and encourage them to stop the surge in migrants, however also adding that Europe had a responsibility to accept the migrants.

There have also been reports that this could eventually turn into a military crisis by the increase of border guards and Russian bombers to patrol Belarus’ airspace. The borders remain fragile and we still await a proper response against this migrant crisis.


Written by Rohan Dhir

Research compiled by Hugo Denage

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