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Almost 400 migrants picked up in the German


The number of people who come to Germany via Belarus and Poland is increasing. Poland continues to act tough on the border - and wants to send more soldiers.

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The Federal Police reports a further increase in the unauthorized entry of people from Iraq, Syria and other countries into Germany via Belarus.

In Brandenburg, 392 newcomers were picked up on the weekend in the German-Polish border area - a new high, the Berlin Police Department announced on Monday.

A week earlier it was 251.

A total of 2603 unauthorized persons had entered the area of ​​the directorate between the beginning of the year and Sunday evening, 810 of them in the week from October 4th to October 10th.

The people came primarily from Iraq as well as from the civil war and crisis countries Syria, Iran and Yemen.

They were reportedly from Belarus via Lithuania and Poland to Germany.

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The Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko helps refugees and migrants on their way to the west.

Lukashenko wants to put pressure on the EU, which has imposed sanctions on his regime.

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Since then there have been increasing reports of attempted border crossings from Belarus to Poland and Lithuania.

According to the Federal Police, some of the people are brought from there to Germany by smugglers.

As a result, Poland began to strengthen the protection of the border and to build hundreds of kilometers of border fences.

Several people have died in the past few weeks in the border area between Poland and Belarus.

Aid organizations accuse Warsaw of illegally repelling and dragging those seeking protection back to Belarus - so-called »pushbacks«.

In this way, Poland prevents people from applying for asylum in the EU country.

Polish border officials prevent entry

On Monday, the Polish border guard boasted on Twitter that they had prevented two groups of refugees from crossing the border.

The people tried to get into the country by force, it said.

Soldiers and border guards would have prevented that.

Over the weekend, a total of 2000 attempts to illegally cross the border were registered.

On Saturday alone there were 700, more than ever.

Therefore, more soldiers are to be sent to the border to support them.

"We're in contact with the Defense Ministry," Michalska said.

There are currently 2,500 soldiers on duty at the border.

slü / dpa

Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2021-10-11

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