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EU hopes suspension of Baghdad-Minsk flights will stem migrant stream to Lithuania as Vilnius debates large border fence

EU hopes suspension of Baghdad-Minsk flights will stem migrant flow to Lithuania as Vilnius debates giant border fence


The EU has mentioned it hopes that the suspension of flights between Baghdad and Minsk will sluggish the motion of migrants throughout the border between Belarus and Lithuania, amid report unlawful crossings into the EU state.

On Tuesday, the European Fee praised the “constructive perspective” of its Iraqi companions after events agreed to droop flights between Baghdad to Minsk in an effort to scale back unlawful migration into the EU by way of Belarus. 

Our “Iraqi companions are conscious how essential this concern is for the EU and we hope that the scenario will stabilize relating to the flights between Baghdad and Minsk,” a spokesman for the European Fee informed reporters.

The choice comes amid report unlawful migration from Belarus into Lithuania. As of August 3, some 4,026 people had illegally crossed into the nation of two.eight million folks, in contrast with simply 74 in all of 2020. 

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On Tuesday, the Lithuanian parliament began a debate on whether or not to construct a four-meter-high (13ft 1in) razor wire-topped metallic fence on 508 km (316 miles) on the border with Belarus. The Baltic Information Service company reported a possible value of €152 million ($178 million) if accepted.

Lithuania’s parliament can also be debating whether or not to permit the army to patrol the border and whether or not to limit asylum functions to checkpoints on the border and embassies. Presently, solely border guards are permitted to patrol the 670km border with Belarus.

In response to the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service, a lot of the migrants come from Iraq, adopted by the Republic of Congo, and Cameroon. Different Jap European nations have additionally reported elevated unlawful migration, together with Poland, which claimed Minsk was utilizing the migrants to strain EU states following the imposition of sanctions by Brussels.

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