“If we open a way to travel to EU countries, we will encourage illegal immigration.”
Germany rejects Belarus request to accept 2,000 refugees
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Song Byung-seung = The Polish government has announced that it will not provide the so-called ‘humanitarian corridor’, an escape route to EU countries, for thousands of migrants and refugees from the Middle East flocking to the border with Belarus.
Belarus is asking Poland to open a way for refugees to cross to other EU countries, such as Germany, but the Polish government has firmly closed its borders and blocked the entry of refugees.
Poland’s Prime Minister Matteusi Moraviecki told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the sovereignty of Poland cannot be decided by other EU countries, Bloomberg News reported on the 19th.
Prime Minister Moravietsky explained that the humanitarian corridor could encourage illegal migration to the EU.
In a recent phone call with German Chancellor Merkel, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko asked for a way for refugees to go to Germany.
President Lukashenko offered to accept 2,000 refugees from Germany, saying that he would send 5,000 people back to their home countries to solve the refugee problem in Belarus.
In addition, the Belarusian government has announced that it will take refugees from cold and starvation in the border area to temporary shelters for acceptance.
Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, however, refused, saying it would not “succumb to pressure” and accept refugees.
At one time, rumors that Germany would accept some of the refugees flocked to the Polish border gave them some hope, but the German government repeatedly confirmed that it had no plans to accept refugees from the region.
Germany played a leading role in resolving the crisis by accepting as many as 1 million refugees during the European refugee crisis between 2015 and 2016.
However, it seems unlikely that Chancellor Merkel, who will step down when the next government is formed after the end of her term, will not be able to show leadership in this situation.
In recent months, the number of people from the Middle East trying to enter EU countries such as Poland, Lithuania and Latvia via Belarus has continued to increase. In particular, it is estimated that more than 30,000 people have tried to illegally cross the border between Belarus and Poland since the beginning of this year.
About 14,000 people from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are currently living in Belarus. Poland has deployed military forces to prevent the inflow, claiming that the Belarusian government is pushing them towards Poland.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Iraqi refugees who failed to enter EU countries at the Belarus-Poland border returned home on the 18th.
A spokesman for the Kurdish autonomous government in northern Iraq said that 431 people were on board the first refugee flight that departed from Minsk, Belarus and arrived in Erbil, Iraq.
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