Poland is set to trigger a state of emergency after Belarus opens the migrant’s floodgates into the EU.
The triggering of a state of emergency hasn’t been used since the days of communist rule. The Polish Government have called upon President Andrzej Duda to declare a state of emergency in the eastern regions of Poland due to concerns around the floodgates being opened by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said: “Lukashenko’s regime decided to push these people onto Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian territory in an effort to destabilise.”
“The situation on the border with Belarus is a crisis,”
Last month more than 3000 illegal migrants from Iraq and Afghanistan tried to breach the border. Brussels have also got their eye on Belarus, saying the crisis was “not a migration issue but part of the aggression of Lukashenko”.
The Latvian interior minister has also urged the EU to act fast. On the Politico website, the minister said: “Lured by promises of easy access to the EU and the chance to settle in countries such as Germany or Sweden, thousands of people from as far as Iraq boarded planes bound for Minsk, where they were escorted to the borders of these countries,”
“However, it is increasingly clear that this situation is not simply being tolerated by Minsk but has been planned and systematically organised under the guidance of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.”
“Lukashenko’s plan is simple: Overwhelm the reception and asylum systems of the EU with a new stream of irregular migration, and strain our capacity to react to genuine crises.”
“This is nothing other than a form of hybrid warfare, exploiting the grey area between peace, crisis and war. And the situation only continues to escalate.”
The minister continued: “It can’t be allowed to continue. The EU must effectively protect its external borders and prevent any illegal border crossing.”
“By closely following the migratory and security situation, the EU should develop new tools to deter and act against attempts to instrumentalise illegal migration for political purposes, both now and in the future.”