The European Union has accused Belarus’s leader of luring migrants with the false promise of easy entry to the EU, labelling it an “inhuman, gangster-style approach”.
Approximately 2,000 migrants are at the Belarus border with Poland.
European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said: “Upon arrival they are being pushed to the border and forced to make an illegal entry into the European Union.”
Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko has denied the accusations.
Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have all seen an influx in migrants trying to enter their nations illegally from Belarus in recent months.
The migrants are largely coming from the Middle East and Asia.
Migrants have said that Belarusian authorities seized their phones and pushed them towards the border fence.
Overnight temperatures have slumped to below zero, and some migrants have died in recent weeks.