Several hundred Iraqi citizens who spent several weeks near the Belarusian-Polish border have been inspected for boarding a flight to Iraq. About 430 migrants, mostly Iraqi Kurds, were to fly from Minsk to Baghdad via Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, DW reports with reference to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad.
Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahhaf later said that "430 Iraqi migrants were repatriated to Iraq by evacuation flight."
"Consular groups based in Belarus continue to register another 50 people," he added.
According to Al-Sahhaf, "The ministry is making additional efforts to ensure the highest level of response to the desire to return to the country voluntarily."
Spokeswoman for the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko Natalia Eismont said that about 7,000 migrants remain in Belarus. According to her, the Belarusian authorities have pledged to assist in the repatriation of five thousand of them. At the same time, Minsk believes that the EU should create a "humanitarian corridor for 2,000 refugees," Eismont said. According to her, this topic was touched upon during Lukashenko's conversation with Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. No official notification from Germany has been received yet.
As it was reported, on November 8 on the Polish-Belarusian border a large number of migrants was noticed. Because of this, the Polish government sent a large number of military to the borders. Soon the Belarusian security forces tried to push 35 people to the Polish border, and on November 13 they intended to break through the fence on the border with Poland with the help of a service car.
Later, the illegal migrants began to storm the Polish border in the area of Podlaskie Voivodeship. Migrants threw stones at border guards, but failed to cross the Polish border.