Belarus Approves Draft Agreement About EU Funded Centers For Illegal Migrants

The Government of Belarus has approved draft agreement with the European Commission on the establishment of centers for temporary stay of illegal migrants in the country, TUT.BY writes on 29 June.

Further negotiations on the draft agreement were entrusted to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Chechen refugees on the Belarusian-Polish border, August 2016. Photo credit: TUT.BY

The ministry is allowed, if necessary, to make non-fundamental changes and additions to the document.

The European union will finance the establishment of centers for temporary stay of illegal migrants in Belarus. The funding of the project will reach 7 million euros.

The camps will host only illegal migrants detained in Belarus, the Ministry of Internal Affairs told the media in January.

“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.

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Illegal migrants will stay in the camps while the procedures related to their identification and/or deportation will be carried out.

“In addition to the creation of centers, funds are also intended to facilitate the voluntary return of foreignersto the states of their origin, as well as for a number of other tasks,” the ministry noted.