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More than 3,000 illegal migrants detained on Ukrainian border over year

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the ministry, more than a thousand illegal migrants were detained by border guards only at the “green” part of the border
19:17, 23 December 2018

State Border Service

Since the beginning of the year, Ukrainian border guards detained more than 3,000 illegal migrants. Head of the agency Petro Tsyhykal reported that as quoted by the press service of the department.

According to the ministry, more than a thousand illegal migrants were detained by border guards only at the “green” part of the border.

According to Tsyhykal, in comparison with the last year, the number of detained illegal migrants increased by 20-30%. He also added that an increase in the flow of illegal migration is observed through channels of legal entry into Ukraine, such as airports and automobile checkpoints. Foreigners arrive allegedly without intentions to go to the EU, but subsequently, border guards detain them in the western sections of the border.

As for those detained at the “green” part of the border, most often they are citizens of Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, Iraq, India and Moldova. Most of them tried to get to the EU countries in search of better living conditions.

The majority of the illegal migrants detained since the beginning of the year (1,950 people) violated the rules of staying in Ukraine. These are mainly the citizens of Moldova, Russia, Bulgaria, Vietnam and Uzbekistan.

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In addition, employees of the State Border Service denied entry to the territory of Ukraine for more than 4,200 potential illegal migrants. These are mainly citizens of Moldova, Russia, Iraq, Turkey, Tajikistan, Nigeria, Libya, Georgia, Azerbaijan and India.

Earlier, the border guards banned more than 1,500 Russian citizens from entering Ukraine. Oleg Slobodyan, Assistant to the Chairman of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service claimed this in a commentary to 112 Ukraine. 

‘As of today, these measures will be taken until the end of the martial law, but if there is still a necessity, we will continue to exercise enhanced control in the future, Slobodyan said.

In most cases, these people are the ones who couldn't prove their purpose of visit or exceeded the stay in Ukraine during the previous visits. 

Over the same period of time, 350 Ukrainian citizens were refused in entering Russia without any reason explained. 

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