European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson attends an online hearing of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in Brussels on January 13, 2022 | Photo: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson attends an online hearing of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in Brussels on January 13, 2022 | Photo: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said the EU is seeing a "de-escalation" at the eastern border of the European Union.

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson spoke in a debate during a hearing of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on the current migrant situation at the eastern border of the EU, where she said there has been a "de-escalation."

"We have repatriated about 5,000 migrants from Minsk, as we have few border crossings," she said, adding however that remaining vigliant is necessary as there are "still some people in the woods and in Minsk under a very harsh regime."

The LIBE hearing focused on provisional measures proposed by the EU regarding asylum and repatriations, to deal with "hybrid attacks" such as those on the border with Belarus.

"We cannot say that everything is resolved, but in part we have managed to obtain results with the countries of origin and the airlines," Johansson said.

She emphasized the importance of EU intervention to counteract the situation as well as "reaffirm the unity and steadfastness of the Union."

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