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    Pressing Migration Challenges at the Polish-Belarusian Border

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    The Polish Border Guard has recently released footage depicting its ongoing efforts to manage the escalating migration situation at the Polish-Belarusian border. A video shared on social media highlights a patrol’s intervention against a foreign national attempting to cross into Poland illegally. Despite briefly scaling a several-meter-high barrier, the individual was swiftly detected by a sensor system and ultimately turned back to Belarus.

    The migratory pressure along the Polish-Belarusian border remains unabated. A fresh incident near the SG post in Dubicze Cerkiewne, Podlaskie region, was reported on Saturday via the SG’s platform X (formerly Twitter). The footage captures the moment when a migrant attempted an unlawful border crossing. After ascending the fence, the intruder was promptly flagged by the sensor system, alerting a nearby patrol vehicle. Faced with the Border Guard’s presence, the migrant retreated towards Belarus.

    Origins and Motivations

    Over the last 24 hours, 123 individuals attempted to breach the border, hailing from seven nations—Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Iran, and Egypt. According to the Border Guard, Belarus is orchestrating the movement of migrants from around the world to the border, profiting from each individual. Some migrants reportedly pay up to €10,000 for their perilous passage.

    The Podlaski Border Guard Unit has revealed that since the start of 2023, over 19,100 illegal crossing attempts have been recorded, with more than 1,600 occurring in August alone. As Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak stated, one of the referendum questions on October 15 will address the construction of a barrier along the Belarusian border.

    The ongoing challenges at the Polish-Belarusian border underscore the urgency of addressing this complex issue. As the situation continues to evolve, Poland seeks comprehensive solutions that prioritize both security and humane treatment of migrants.

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