Poland plans to expand the barbed wire fence on the border with Belarus and introduce stricter rules for migrants due to the influx of illegal immigrants arriving through Belarus. This was reported by RMF24.
"The Ministry of Internal Affairs has adopted new decisions to restrict the influx of immigrants from the east," the statement said.
In particular, the authorities plan to expand the barbed wire fence at the border in the Podlaskie Voivodeship by 150 km. Until now, its length was 100 km.
Also, they intend to strengthen the security of the state border by the military, in addition to the thousand of those who already provide support to the border guards. It is also planned to send about 50 law enforcement officers to help Lithuania.
In addition, the Polish Council of Ministers approved the draft amendments to the law on migration and asylum. The amendments to the document provide that if a migrant is caught illegally crossing the border, his/her further fate will be decided according to an accelerated procedure, and it will be possible to appeal against the decision to refuse asylum only abroad.
Meanwhile, Poland and Lithuania are also facing an influx of migrants. In 2021, Lithuanian border guards detained more than 2,000 illegal migrants on the border with Belarus.