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Polish politicians approve Belarus border wall construction to prevent migrants from crossing into country

Polish politicians have given approval for the construction of a €350 million wall along the eastern border with Belarus.

The proposed 100km wall’s construction was given approval in response to an unprecedented wave of migrants who have attempted to cross the Polish border from Belarus since August.

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The EU has accused Belarus of ferrying people from several countries to the border to cause more issues for the EU.

Polish President Andrzej Duda stated that he will immediately sign the law into effect after the upper house of parliament gave final approval to the wall’s construction after a second vote.

Chairman of the European Stability Initiative Gerald Knaus told Euronews, “We are dealing with a dictator on the Belarus side who’s prepared to let people die at the border – to lure them to his country, to send them to the border. It’s freezing cold in the marshes and swamps and forests. He doesn’t let them retreat – and if the European Union then engages in violent and illegal pushbacks, people will be caught in-between”.

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Poland was one of the 12 member states that requested the EU to pay for border barriers to deter migrants from crossing into the country, a request which was rejected by EU chief Ursula con der Leyen.

During a summit in Brussels, she told leaders “that there will be no funding of barbed wire and walls”.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed that the wall was essential for Poland’s protection while claiming that the nation was “under attack” from Belarus.

IMAGE – Radosław Czarnecki/Olaf Kosinsky

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