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Premiers of Poland, Iraq's KRG discuss migrant crisis over phone

BELARUS - NOVEMBER 15: Irregular migrants with new irregular migrant groups are seen following their arrival at the border line and they continue to wait at the Polish-Belarusian border during cold weather on November 15, 2021 in Belarus. A group of migrants including children and women stormed into Poland through the Belarusian border, the Belarusian State Border Committee said on Saturday. Most of them who came to Belarus with a visa from Iraq continue to wait at Belarus' Bruzgi border point in Grodno despite cold weather conditions. The committee said a group of about 100 people passed through the Bruzgi-Kuznitsa border point to the Polish side, adding that these people are on the Polish territory and waiting near the barbed fence installed by the Polish side. ( Stringer - Anadolu Agency )
Irregular migrants with new irregular migrant groups are seen following their arrival at the border line and they continue to wait at the Polish-Belarusian border during cold weather on November 15, 2021 in Belarus [Stringer - Anadolu Agency]

Poland's Prime Minister, on Thursday, held a phone conversation with the Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), discussing the migrant crisis at the Belarus border, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Mateusz Morawiecki and Masrour Barzani agreed that the migrants were deceived by "organised human traffickers" and described the migrants as "victims of organised crime," according to a statement by the KRG.

During the phone conversation, they also evaluated measures taken at airports and borders, as well as efforts to facilitate the voluntary return of migrants to their homes.

Since August, the EU countries bordering Belarus—Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland—have reported a dramatically growing number of irregular crossings.

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Over 8,000 people have tried to enter the bloc via the Belarus-EU border so far this year, up sharply from just 150 last year.

According to the EU, Belarus reaches out to potential travelers through seemingly official channels, including diplomatic missions and travel agencies, and invites them to Belarus by offering visas. They are then allegedly guided to the EU border.

​​​​​​​Over the last week, at least 2,000 people, including women and children, have been stuck in the Belarusian-Polish border area in dire conditions.​​​​​​​

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