Representatives of the member states of the European Union called for improved measures to strengthen and protect the external borders of the Union, which are constantly under attack by illegal immigration.
Moreover, the interior ministers of Greece, Poland, Italy, Austria and France attended the border security conference in Lithuania, along with European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to them, security must be emphasized on the borders of the European Union, and the tracking of people smugglers in order to save the lives of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa who risk their lives to reach the countries of the European Union.
“We must protect our borders from aggression, we must protect our people,” Johansson said during the conference.
In order to do so, she said she has required forced migration flows from poverty and conflict in their home countries to come to a better life, but Johansson points out that EU member states should not wait and act sooner.
Moreover, Poland’s Interior Minister, Mariusz Kaminski, has called for amendments to EU immigration law – countries that have seen migrants trying to cross the EU’s external borders illegally, especially Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have been affected. To a large extent these activities are illegal. At least 12 people died trying to enter European countries.
Previously, the Iraqi and Lithuanian authorities discussed how to put an end to the migrant crisis currently plaguing the Baltic and other EU member states.
Iraq was able to return 4,000 Iraqis, who were stranded on Belarus’ borders with Lithuania and Poland. For some migrants, he indicated that they would be voluntarily returned to Iraq once they agreed.
A report published by Memo revealed that more than 8,000 people tried to enter European countries by illegally crossing the border between Belarus and the European Union in 2021.
Furthermore, the European border agency, Frontex, revealed that the number of illegal border crossings has increased throughout 2021, with nearly 200,000 cases – marking the highest rates of illegal immigration since 2017.
Syrians, Tunisians, Moroccans, Algerians, and Afghans are the most frequently reported nationalities through illegal border crossings for the past year.
In addition, the Central Mediterranean route remains the most affected route for illegal migration, with 65,362 monitoring cases recorded, with most arrivals coming from Libya, Turkey and Tunisia in particular, where it represents the largest number of migrants this year.