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Polish parliament approves Belarus border wall amid migrant surge

Source : 112 Ukraine

The wall willl cost an estimated €353 million
13:29, 31 October 2021

PAP

Legislators in Poland's Sejm parliament have finally approved the construction of a hard wall along the country's eastern border with Belarus to stem the tide of migration into the country, DW reports.

The wall is expected to cost an estimated €353 million ($407 million) and will span more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) of what is one of the European Union's (EU) exterior borders.

Poland says the controversial project was necessitated by a major influx of migrants rushing across its border from the former Soviet republic of Belarus. Poland's nationalist-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government has described the construction as a "barrier," whereas opposition parties refer to it as a "wall."

Earlier, the UN called on the European Union and Belarus to immediately find a solution for migrants stranded on the Polish-Belarusian border. It is expected that the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border will last longer than several months.

EU accused Belarus of 'direct attack' over illegal migrants. The European Union accuses Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko of orchestrating the arrival of thousands of people at the borders of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland in retaliation for sanctions imposed on the former Soviet republic.

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