Afghan refugees seen putting up a tent on the Polish-Belarusian border | Photo: Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/ZumaPress
Afghan refugees seen putting up a tent on the Polish-Belarusian border | Photo: Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/ZumaPress

The number of people coming irregularly to Germany from Poland via Belarus is rising, according to a media report citing the German Interior Ministry. Germany's federal police are apparently taking steps to accommodate the arrivals, whose number they expect to increase further.

More and more migrants are crossing the German borders from Poland. Some 400 of them were registered at the German-Polish border in the first half of September, according to a preliminary evaluation by Germany's federal Interior Ministry, the same number recorded in the entire month of August.

German public broadcaster rbb24, which is part of the ARD network, published the numbers on Wednesday (September 22).

Quoting the evaluation by the Interior Ministry, rbb24 reported that the 400 people recorded this month "frequently" entered Germany via Belarus and Poland or Lithuania and Poland.

According to rbb24, an additional 125 people were recorded this past weekend around the city of Frankfurt (Oder) at the Polish border. The city of 60,000 is presently considered a hotspot of irregular migration via Belarus and Poland to Germany. The vast majority of migrants arriving in Germany via this route are originally from Iraq.

Police prepare for further arrivals

Citing Germany's federal police, news agency KNA reported that the force sees a "connection between the situation at the German-Polish border [in the state of Brandenburg] and the situation at the Polish-Belarusian border."

According to said evaluation by the Interior Ministry, Germany's federal police are preparing for a possible further increase in irregular border crossings from Poland. rbb24 reported that tents and toilets have been set up on the grounds of the police department in Frankfurt (Oder). Moreover, the setup of containers to provide temporary accommodation is being deliberated in light of the coming fall and winter.

Poland and Lithuania have repeatedly accused the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of attempting to destabilize the EU by encouraging migrants in his country towards the border.

On Sunday, the escalation at the Polish-Belarusian border claimed its first casualties when the bodies of four people, believed to be Iraqi nationals, were found near the border -- three on the Polish, and one on the Belarusian side of the border. As a result, UN agencies IOM and UNHCR on Tuesday called for "immediate access" to the Polish and Lithuanian borders with Belarus.

With KNA

Correction note: The first version of this article, published on September 22, 2021, misstated that the four bodies were found on the Polish side of the border. In fac, three were found on the Polish side and one on the Belarusian side of the border.

 

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