More and more migrants from Belarus have been crossing Poland to Germany for several weeks. Most of them go to the transition center in Eisenhuettenstadt in Brandenburg. The head of the Ministry of the Interior of this state, Michael Stuebgen, called on the European Commission to take action on the influx of newcomers, reports the RBB24 portal.
– Waiting until it finally [przywódca Białorusi, Alaksandr – przyp. red.] Lukashenka will end this human trafficking. We can treat the symptoms in Eisenhuettenstadt, but the cause lies in Minsk and it must be stopped – emphasized Michael Stuebgen during his visit to the center. In August, almost 400 people from Belarus crossed the Polish border with Brandenburg. In September, there were already six times more of them – reports the RBB24 portal.
Stuebgen said Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka “lures people from Iraq, Iran and Syria with empty promises, carries them to his country on charter flights, and then carries them to no man’s land.” – The dictator in Minsk accepts that people can freeze to death or starve to death on this tour. It’s vile and inhuman – he emphasized.
The influx of migrants to Germany
At the transition center in Eisenhuettenstadt, which can accommodate 3,500 people, additional places have been created in tents, containers and other locations. Immigrants can stay there upon arrival, receive medical and psychological care, and if the coronavirus test is positive, they can stay there for the duration of the quarantine. This year, around 500 immigrants have been transferred to other federal states after their initial stay in Eisenhuettenstadt.
The director of the center, Olaf Jansen, in an interview with TVN24, said that he expects that in October the number of migrants in Eisenhuettenstadt will increase to three thousand. – I think that this upward trend will continue until November. Maybe it will decrease a bit during the Christmas season due to the weather – he assessed.
– According to the police, about 70 percent of people from Belarus go to Brandenburg. About 25 percent to Saxony and 5 percent to Mecklenburg, he added.
Due to the large number of migrants arriving, Poland is strengthening its border with Belarus and has announced an increase in the number of soldiers supporting border guards to 3,000, which is 600 more than a week earlier – emphasizes RBB24 and reminds that last Thursday the Sejm extended the state of emergency on the border with Belarus until end of November.