News ID: 316074
Published: 0216 GMT September 06, 2021

U.N.: Migrants face 'dire conditions' on Poland-Belarus border

U.N.: Migrants face 'dire conditions' on Poland-Belarus border

Polish security forces surround migrants stuck along with border with Belarus in Usnarz Gorny, Poland, on Sept. 1, 2021.

The U.N. migration agency said Monday that it is deeply concerned by the “dire conditions” facing migrants stranded for weeks on the border of Poland and Belarus.

While thousands of migrants have been pushed back or put in closed centers for immigrants, the main focus for weeks has been a group of around 30 people who have been stranded on the Poland-Belarus border for weeks, according to AP.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva said the stranded migrants are facing extremely harsh conditions, with limited access to drinking water and food, medical assistance, sanitation facilities and shelter”.

Prolonging this unacceptable situation poses a grievous threat to the migrantslives and health,” the IOM said.

The fate of the group has raised concerns also in Poland among some who accuse the government response of being inhumane. The government actions have included deploying soldiers to the border, reinforcing it with razor wire and refusing to let the stranded group apply for asylum.

Last week, Poland's President Andrzej Duda declared a state of emergency along the border.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has claimed that the group of people stuck on the border are being provided with food and money by the Belarusian security services and are being used to try to bring people illegally into the country.






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