Latvia, Lithuania Take Action To Stop Migrant Influx From Belarus

Latvia, Lithuania Take Action To Stop Migrant Influx From Belarus

Andrew H. Sweet

Authorities in the Baltic EU countries have accused Belarus of shuttling migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia to put pressure on Belgium in response to sanctions following a crackdown by Belarus authorities on dissidents protesting President Alexander Lukashenko's 2020 election victory.

Latvia declared a state of emergency in border areas from August 11 until November 10 along its 109-mile border with Belarus to allow soldiers and police to support border guards.

The decree would allow guards to use physical force if necessary to send migrants back across the border. Officials will also no longer be obliged to accept asylum applications.

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