The Latvian authorities plan to extend the state of emergency in the Lodza region, the Ogsdaugava region, the Kraslava region and the city of Daugavpils until May 10.
This initiative, proposed by the Ministry of the Interior, comes after taking into account the situation on Latvia’s border with Belarus, as reported by the Baltic Times.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, since August 10 last year, 4,962 people have tried to reach Latvia through the common border with Belarus. In addition, since December 13, the number of migrants trying to reach Latvia via Belarusian roads has increased significantly, TheSchengen.com reports.
After the significant increase in the number of immigrants, the Latvian government declared a state of emergency from August 11 to November, and then extended these measures until February 10, in the following regions: Kraslava region, لودóda region, Ogsdaugava region, and the city of Daugavpils.
In this regard, the Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgar Rinkovic, said that the border situation between the EU and Belarus underscores the need for new changes to the Schengen border law that will help countries respond in an appropriate manner to any future mixed threats.
“The latest developments at the EU-Belarus border show the need to also work on amendments to the Schengen border law, which would enable member states to respond appropriately to any future hybrid threat that exploits immigration,” Rinkovic stressed.
The minister’s comment came after the increase in the number of immigrants faced by the countries neighboring Belarus; Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, including Latvia.
Lithuania also previously declared a state of emergency on the country’s border with Belarus. However, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda did not consider it necessary to extend the state of emergency beyond January 14. According to him, the situation allows to put such a decision end.
The issue of migrants is still among the topics most discussed by the authorities of European countries, which are constantly trying to find new ways to deal with such a situation.
Recently, the Lithuanian and Iraqi authorities discussed about the migrants stranded at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border, while the authorities of the two parties sought to find an effective way to end the migrant crisis.
On the other hand, the authorities in Poland announced that they plan to build a wall of 186 kilometers along its border with Belarus in order to prevent a further increase in the number of migrants trying to reach Poland through Belarus.