Belarus, the assisting gate of Asian migration to Europe
The illegal migration is always difficult, dangerous and often ends in a with fatal way. But in recent weeks this scenario has changed for interested Asians migrating to European Union member states. This is due to the creation of a new migration channel, which is apparently supported by the Belarus authorities. As part of a coordinated pressure to the EU by this authoritarian state, and in coordination with Russia, Minsk has established an opportunity for migrants from various Asian countries to travel to Belarus. Then, the migrants are instructed to proceed further towards the EU, namely towards the most eastern border of the Union, Poland.
This new route, which was opened with a specific purpose, is available for migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries to put political pressure on the European Union, specifically in the Polish state, known as the biggest opponent of hosting the refugees.
According to The Geopost sources, Belarusian embassies in Asian countries offer group visas for up to 25 people to enter Belarus. They reach Minsk and Moscow by air, in an organized way. The next destination is the border with Poland, and to reach out there the migrants are assisted by local authorities.
For this purpose, direct flights to Minsk have been established from Damascus, Istanbul, Baghdad and Dubai airports. More than 100 flights full of migrants were arranged in the last days.
To prevent this orchestrated wave of refugees, Poland has deployed troops on its eastern border with Belarus. Similarly, Latvia and Lithuania are also concerned about the situation and have declared a state of readiness for increased border controls.
The EU, NATO and Poland have all accused Belarus of manipulation, though the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has ruled out any implication. Given his close relations with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, it indicates in a detailed and orchestrated “game” by Russia. Polish government spokesman, Piotr Muller, told reporters that there were approximately 4,000 migrants at the border who were trying to enter their territory by force, so a possible escalation of the situation can not be ruled out.
The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating an unprecedented wave of migrants trying to enter Poland illegally from Belarus.
In recent years, the Western Balkans have been used extensively as a migrant route to the EU, but after the increased measures at the Croatian and Hungarian borders, they are seeking new illegal routs to reach Europe. Contrary to the past experiences, the new episode through Belarus seems to be an easy opportunity for migrants, as they are assisted by the local authorities, who use the migrant disaster to achieve political goals in the geostrategic plan towards the European Union.