Belarus To Set Up Two Migration Centres For Illegal Migrants

Two сenters for a temporary stay of illegal migrants may be set up in Belarus in 2019. Presumably, each center will accommodate up to 200 people.

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The centers, both of open and mixed types, are planned to be constructed in Lida and Navapolatsk.

“Due to its geographical position, Belarus is very attractive for illegal transit migration. Construction and reconstruction of the centers for migrants is a new concept for Belarus. Hope they will comply with international standards,” Head of the IOM Mission to Belarus Zeinal Gadzhiyev said.

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The exact date of the construction remains unclear. However, the official doesn’t exclude it may start as early as next year. The centers for migrants are a part of the project ‘Helping Belarus Address the Phenomenon of Increasing Numbers of Irregular Migrants.’

The €7 million program is financed by the European Union. It is implemented by the IOM Mission to Belarus, the Interior Ministry and the State Border Committee.

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Since the beginning of the year, the number of illegal migrants detained on the Belarusian border increased by 30%, BelaPAN reports. In 2018, 668 violators from 62 countries were detained.

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Border control officials note the growth of the number of children and women among the irregular migrants. Recall that the camps will host only illegal migrants detained in Belarus, the Ministry of Internal Affairs told last year.

“It is important to note that we are talking only about foreigners detained in Belarus. Syrian or other refugees from the EU will not be accommodated in Belarus,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs reassured.

Source: TUT.BY