739 people tried to cross the border between Poland and Belarus, which is the largest number of attempts to cross this border in one day.
In addition, the authorities in Poland have pointed the finger at the Belarus authorities, accusing the latter of facilitating immigration to the eastern borders of the European Union, CNN reports, TheSchengen.com reports.
Nearly 16,000 people trying to cross the border between Poland and Belarus illegally have been stopped since August, according to figures provided by Belarus’ state agency BELTA, CNN reported.
Based on data provided by the same source, a total of 5,000 cases were identified during the month of October.
The same source revealed that at least four people were killed while trying to cross the border between Poland and Belarus last August; At the same time, three people were found dead on the Polish side of the border.
According to the announcement by the authorities in Poland, many of the arrivals on the country’s common border with Belarus came from Afghanistan and Iraq.
The current border issue raises tensions between Belarus, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, among other countries.
Last August, the Lithuanian Interior Ministry announced that the country would erect a 508-kilometre physical barrier at the common border with Belarus, as part of the country’s efforts to deal with the recent surge in the number of migrants.
The decision came after the armed forces of Belarus pushed a total of 35 migrants to Lithuanian territory.
“The physical barrier is necessary for us to repel the hybrid attack carried out by the Belarusian regime against Lithuania and the entire European Union,” the Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Simonetto noted at the time.
In this regard, SchnegenVisaInfo.com recently reported that a total of 12 EU member states sent a joint letter to the European Commission, urging the latter to allow physical barriers as a precaution to protect borders.
The letter called “Adapting the EU’s legal framework to new realities” was signed by the following countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Hungary.
Last August, the UN refugee agency urged authorities in Poland to house a group of 32 migrants from Afghanistan and Iraq who had been stuck at the country’s border with Belarus for more than two weeks. Local media reports said the group was residing near the Polish village of Osnaars Gorny.