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Estonia considers options of unilateral lift of visa-free entry with Ukraine

Mart Helme claims his country is now "under migration pressure from the East"
15:40, 11 September 2019

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Estonian Interior Ministry has been looking into opportunities to cancel the visa-free regime with Ukraine on the unilateral basis. Miami Herald reported that quoting Minister Mart Helme. 

The official stated that his country was "under migration pressure from the East". 

Leader of "the nationalist, anti-immigration Estonian Conservative People's Party", as the US outlet put it, Helme told the ERR radio station that Estonia "is increasingly seeing Ukrainians entering the nation due to its "geographical location and historical heritage".

Related: Estonia not to recognize passports issued by Russian government to residents of self-proclaimed republics in occupied Donbas

The Minister takes a hostile stance against the 2017 EU visa waiver scheme, referring to it as a "Trojan horse".

Miami Herald adds that Estonia has a shrinking population of 1.3 million as thousands of its skilled workers have left the country since EU membership in 2004, leading to a surge in the arrival of Ukrainian laborers in recent years, especially in construction.

Related: Estonian Foreign Ministry does not recognize election in Crimea

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