UN Urges Poland to Shelter Migrants Stuck on the Border with Belarus

The United Nations refugee agency has called on the Polish authorities to house a group of migrants stranded at the border with Belarus for more than two weeks.

The group, made up of about 32 people, are believed to be Iraqis and Afghans, and they were residing near the Polish village of Osnaars Gorny, according to TheSchengen.com.

“While recognizing the challenges posed by recent arrivals to Poland, we call on the Polish authorities to provide access to land, immediate medical assistance, legal advice and psychosocial support to these people,” said Kristen Goyer, UNHCR Representative in Poland. for the island.

As previously reported by TheSchengen.com, the migrants were left stranded because Poland would not let them, believing that Belarus should remain responsible for trapping the migrants. Commenting on the matter, Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is using immigrants to wreak havoc in Europe.

Earlier this week, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak warned that a sturdy 2.5-meter fence would be built on the border with Belarus.

On the other hand, Fundacja Ocalenie, a Polish non-profit organization, provided the migrants with necessary items such as sleeping bags, food and tents, while Poland sent about 100 soldiers to help the vulnerable in Afghanistan who worked in Poland. missions.

Moreover, Europe faces multiple migrant crises, with Belarusians from the east and Afghans, Syrians and Pakistanis entering the Mediterranean. Greece recently built a wall on its border with Turkey in order to stem the flow of Afghans leaving their country due to the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

According to EASO, the European Asylum Support Office, 46,300 applications for international protection were submitted in EU countries in June, five times more than in previous months. Most of the applications submitted came from Syria, Pakistan, Morocco, Iraq and Afghanistan, with only 6000 applications coming from the latter. In addition, the number of applications from Afghan refugees increased by 1,000 from May and continued to rise for the fourth consecutive month.

Moreover, European countries issued refugee status more than others to migrants from Syria (89%), Eritrea (77%), Palestine (57%), and Afghanistan and Somalia 56% each.

The number of applications for unaccompanied minors also increased by 400, with 1,900 applications submitted in June. Most of the orders came from Afghanistan, followed by orders from Bangladesh.

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