Various documents of migrants were found on the Belarus-Poland border, which indicates that the migrants were tempted to travel to Belarus with false promises.
These documents indicate that they arrived on the territory of Belarus by announced tours of Belarusian travel agencies, while they ended up in closed borders and life-threatening situations, according to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.
According to the report, the Polish government is right to close its border with Belarus, as documents show that newly established travel agencies offer migrants to travel to Belarus, by also selling them false hopes of entering the European Union.
Package tours marketed to immigrants cover the actual trip and necessary documents providing entry to Belarus, TheSchengen.com reports.
However, many of those who bought such “group trips” indicated that they only received a one-way ticket and an entry permit to Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
But these trips are fatal for the migrants, as six people have reportedly been frozen to death while staying illegally in the territory. Moreover, the Baltic states and Poland receive refugees in the Belarusian opposition against President Alexander Lukashenko, whose regime has been dubbed the last dictatorship in Europe.
Poland previously declared a state of emergency at the border, erecting a wire fence and deploying armed forces on the border with Belarus to try to stem the flow of migrants. Latvia and Lithuania followed suit by implementing more precautionary measures on the border with Belarus.
The Lithuanian Interior Ministry revealed earlier that the proposal to build a 508-kilometre-long wall across the border with Belarus has received the green light from the government. The physical barrier will be built in an effort to curb the large influx of migrants being pushed from Belarus to enter the Baltic states as well as Poland.
“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,” noted Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonetti.
As previously reported by TheSchengen.com, this decision came after allegations that a group of more than 30 people from Afghanistan were stuck in a village between Poland and Belarus, where the latter deported them, while the Polish government refused to house them because this was. It is considered a political game for Lukashenko. Moreover, in an effort to keep the situation under control, the Polish government deployed additional troops to monitor the border.
Previously, 739 people tried to cross the border between Poland and Belarus, registering the largest number of attempts to cross the border in one day. In addition, nearly 16,000 people have attempted to cross the border illegally since August. The same source reveals that about 5,000 of these were identified during the month of October.