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Latvia announces emergency state on Belarusian border over illegal migrants

Source : 112 Ukraine

This regime will last from August 11 to November 10
16:36, 10 August 2021

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Latvia has declared a state of emergency on the border with Belarus. This was reported by Delfi.

This regime will last from August 11 to November 10 in Ludza, Kraslava and Augsdaugava districts, and in Daugavpils.

It is noted that asylum seekers traveling to Latvia by land will have the right to apply for refugee status or additional status at the border crossing points with Belarus - Silene and Paternieki.

The State Border Guard Service has been instructed to increase the availability of resources for receiving applications for refugee status or additional status in order to enable people to apply for asylum.

During an emergency, the State Border Guard Service and other institutions located in the affected area will not accept applications for refugee or alternative status.

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Earlier, Lithuania faced a problem of illegal migrants from Belarus. In particular, Lithuanian border guards in 2021 detained more than 2,000 illegal migrants on the border with Belarus. On July 2, the Lithuanian government declared a state of emergency at the national level due to the growing flow of illegal migrants from Belarus. On July 7, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonite announced that a wall worth more than 40 million euros would be erected on the border with Belarus.

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