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Ylva Johansson: I am concerned about reports of people, including children, stranded in forests on the border with Belarus

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EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson expressed her concern over reports of the difficult situation of migrants at the borders with Belarus. “I asked to meet the ambassadors of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on Thursday to discuss possible solutions,” she wrote on Twitter.

Journalists who, due to the state of emergency, are not allowed to enter the border zone, have been trying for weeks to find out what happened to the group of migrants – including women and children – to whom the Border Guard applied the push back procedure on September 27 and drove them from Michałów back to the border with Belarus.


Last weekend the recording appeared on the internet showing a group of nomadic migrants probably on the Belarusian side, close to the border with Poland. Most likely, you can see the children of migrants from Michałów. This is indicated by their appearance and characteristic elements of clothing.

“I am very concerned about the reports of people, including children, stuck in the woods in a tragic situation on the external borders of the European Union with Belarus. I asked the European Commission and the European External Action Service to meet on Thursday with the ambassadors of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to discuss possible solutions, “EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson wrote on Twitter.

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Ylva Johansson met Mariusz Kamiński

Mariusz Kamiński, Minister of the Interior and Administration met with Ylva Johansson in early October. – I raised the issue of greater transparency, greater cooperation and ensuring that all provisions are in line with EU law and I hope that the minister will take this into account – said the EU commissioner at the time.

Main photo source: ARIS OIKONOMOU / PAP / EPA

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