October 22, 2021

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Polish deputies voted to build an anti-immigrant wall on the border with Belarus

The cost of building the wall 350 million euros.

Poland’s lower house of parliament (Sejm) on Thursday approved a bill allowing Poland to build a 350 million euro wall on the border with Belarus in a bid to stem the flow of migrants. The Palestinian News Agency and Reuters reported.

Another room will vote

This government proposal was voted on by the House of Representatives, where the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) obtained a majority, 274 deputies, while 174 opposed it and one abstained. However, the bill must now also be approved by the upper house of the Polish parliament (the upper house), which is dominated by the opposition.

At the end of August, Polish troops began building a two-and-a-half-meter high barbed wire fence on the border with Belarus in an effort to stop the unprecedented flow of illegal immigrants from Belarus, despite criticism that Poland was inhumane. treatment of some immigrants. This is the fence that the Poles want to replace with a permanent barrier.

Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky claims that the construction of a stable and high barrier with a monitoring system and movement detectors will prevent the influx of migrants from third countries.

They detained about 1,500 immigrants

Since August, Polish border guards have blocked more than 10,000 attempts to illegally cross the Polish border from Belarus. Approximately 1,500 migrants were detained and placed in refugee centres.

In response to EU sanctions, Belarusian leader Lukashenko said in May that Minsk would not prevent illegal immigrants from using his country as a transit route to Europe.

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EU member states accuse Lukashenko of deliberately supporting the efforts of migrants from crisis regions in the Middle East and Africa, whom he allegedly brought directly to the borders of neighboring EU countries. In this context, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have strengthened the protection and security of their borders in various ways.