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Migrants at the border. Deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz: letting them in is a violation of the law

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On Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz referred to the situation of migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border in “Rozmowa Piaseckiego” on TVN24. – This group of 50 people will be followed by another hundred, and this hundred will be followed by another thousand and in this way, thanks to the pressure of activists or the media, we will show that the northern migration route is open – he said.

A group of migrants has been wandering on the Polish-Belarusian border for over 20 days. They are prevented from moving to Poland by the Border Guard and the army. The area a few hundred meters from the place where the media and volunteers of non-governmental organizations are located, is additionally secured by the police. According to information from the Border Guard, there are 24 or slightly more people in the camp. The Ocalenie Foundation, whose employees and volunteers communicate with migrants through megaphones, reports that there are 32 people in the camp.

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Przydacz: this group of 50 people will be followed by another hundred

– Letting these people in is a violation of the law, first of all – Przydacz said on TVN24. – Secondly, it is a concession to Lukashenka (the president of Belarus, Alyaksandr – ed.), He added.

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He also stated that “thirdly, this group of 50 people will be followed by another hundred, and this hundred will be followed by another thousand, and in this way, thanks to the pressure of activists or the media, we will show that the northern migration route is open”.

Konrad Piasecki, the host of the program, reminded that Commissioner for Human Rights Marcin Wiącek stated that refusing to accept applications for international protection from foreigners residing in the border area is a violation of the law. Przydacz replied that he did not agree with this position. – There is another position in the doctrine which says that in order to submit an application for asylum or international protection, one must be in the territory of the Republic of Poland or in a Polish facility. The cheers issued from outside Poland (…) are not really an application for international protection – he added.

He stated that the Ombudsman looks at it “from the legal and human perspective and fundamental rights, and unfortunately the Schengen Code says clearly: the border should be crossed in designated places”.



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