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EU urges Iraq to help with illegal migration to Lithuania via Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Furthermore, Brussels intends to negotiate with the heads of several African countries to discourage illegal migration
14:41, 30 July 2021

Lithuanian border guard on the Belarus frontier
DW.com

The European Union calls on the Iraqi government to provide with help in restraining the migrants influx into Lithuania through Belarus, as DW reported.

In a letter sent on July 29, by the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson to the ministers of internal affairs of the EU member states, it is noted that 'a significant part' of those crossing the border with Lithuania do not have the right to apply for asylum in the EU.

Related: Lithuania to spend over € 40 mln on wall construction on border with Belarus

“We are in contact with the Iraqi authorities so that Baghdad would provide better control over flights to Belarus and would accept back Iraqi citizens who want to return voluntarily,” the document says.

Similar contacts are envisaged with the heads of the African countries of Togo, Cameroon and Guinea.

Related: EU border agency to guard Lithuania-Belarus border

In addition, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that he had held talks with Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein on how to cope with the increased number of Iraqi citizens illegally crossing the Lithuanian border from Belarus.

"This is an issue of concern not only for one member state, but for the entire EU. We count on the Iraqi support," Borrell wrote on Twitter.

As it was reported earlier, Lithuania has been struggling with the migration crisis for several months. The illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa have been rushing from the Belarus border. The President of the country Alexander Lukashenko said that "he will no longer stop them," as the response to the sanctions against Belarus. 

Related: Ukraine to provide Lithuania with barbwire for its border with Belarus

 

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