Poland Warns of Massive Migration Wave as Belarus Launches New Visa-Free Travel Regime
Following recent action taken by Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko which saw see visa-free travel granted to countries like Pakistan, Iran, Jordan, Egypt, and South Africa, top Polish officials have warned of a massive incoming wave of migration from the European Union’s eastern flank.
While speaking at a press conference on Monday, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński told members of the national and international media that the ongoing crisis along the Polish-Belarusian border could continue – and perhaps become a lot worse – in the coming months, Polskie Radio 24 reports.
“Last week, the Belarusian authorities decided to launch a visa-free regime with countries like Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, and South Africa,” Kaminski said, adding that within these countries are “huge reservoirs of people looking for a better life”.
“This could mean that tens or hundreds of thousands of people will be brought to our eastern border,” he warned.
Interestingly enough – and not at all suspicious, of course – Lukashenko has designated Grodna Airport, which coincidentally sits just about 18 miles from the Polish-Belarusian border, as the airport where international flights will land.
For Kaminski, this means “that [Poland] can expect flights with migrants from southern or northern Africa directly at its border.”
Earlier this month, amid the ongoing migrant crisis at its eastern border, Poland’s government – led by the pro-Trump, national-conservative Law and Justice Party – declared a national emergency in an attempt to halt torrents of migrants arriving illegally into the country.
Around the same time, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused Lukashenko of waging “hybrid warfare” against Poland, the Baltic states, and more broadly the European Union, by pushing thousands of migrants westward, Polskie Radio 24 reported.
“Every day on the border with Belarus, we see hundreds of provocations. In August alone, there were 4,000 attempts to illegally cross our border,” said Morawiecki, adding the most of the migrants had originated from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Somalia, and Afghanistan.
“We can plainly see that the camp in the Usnarz Gorny area is just cover for an organized action by Belarusian state services,” the Polish PM added.
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