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Several countries of the European Union have accused the Belarusian authorities of facilitating the passage of migrants from the Middle East to Lithuania and Poland. These two countries, which harbor opponents of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, have responded by stepping up their border controls and turning back many migrants. Reporting.
Migrants, including some asylum seekers from Afghanistan, stranded in a no man’s land between Poland and Belarus. These images filmed in Usnarz Gorny scandalize human rights defenders, who denounce illegal refoulements. The Polish and Lithuanian authorities claim that they are only responding to Belarus, which they accuse of using migrants as weapons, by sending them to the border full of false illusions.
Our special envoy to Belarus met several of these migrants from the Middle East, who have returned to Minsk after being turned away at the borders of the European Union. Click on the video player above to watch the report by Gulliver Cragg, Magdalena Chodownik and Kuba Kaminski.