Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Migrants in Belarus Head of the Chancellery for EU financing of border installations

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The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border has still not eased. Now Helge Braun has spoken out in favor of building border protection systems with EU funds.

The executive head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun (CDU), has spoken out in favor of EU co-financing of border protection systems because of the increasing number of refugees. The external border protection is a “core task of Europe” said Braun on Sunday evening at “Bild Live” on the question of whether Brussels should finance walls and fences.

Currently, the border between Poland and Belarus is particularly in focus. Thousands of people, mainly from the Middle East, are stuck there in temperatures around freezing point. Poland and other EU countries are accusing Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of smuggling refugees into the border area in retaliation for EU sanctions.

The Polish authorities have sealed off the border so far and have started building a fortified border protection system. In Brussels it is controversial whether EU money should also flow for this. Aid organizations are warning of a humanitarian catastrophe if the migrants are stuck there for longer. So far, over ten people have died.

Migration expert Gerald Knaus called for an end to illegal pushbacks by migrants on the Polish border. “According to current law, from the Charter of Fundamental Rights to the Schengen Code, no person may be refused who wants to apply for asylum on Polish soil,” he told the “Rheinische Post”.

A humanitarian admission in the EU is not the solution either, because then there is the risk that “in four weeks 15,000 people will suffer at the same limit at even lower temperatures,” Knaus said. Instead, he called for the migrants to be distributed to safe third countries. “Because the EU must not win the competition of brutal deterrence at its border against an unscrupulous dictator.”

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