UK to help Ukraine fight illegal immigrants at border

Source : 112 Ukraine

Deputy Interior Minister of Ukraine Mary Akopyan does not exclude that thousands of illegal immigrants who have gathered in Belarus near the Polish border will rush to Ukraine
08:32, 9 December 2021

Ukraine's Interior Ministry

UK law enforcement agencies will help the Ukrainian Interior Ministry fight illegal migration at the border as the ministry reported citing Deputy Interior Minister Mary Akopyan after meeting of the Security and Defense direction of the Strategic Partnership Dialogue between Ukraine and Great Britain.

“Now the situation on the border with the Republic of Belarus is completely controlled, but we understand that there is a possibility of an aggravation of the situation if the flows of illegal migrants are redirected and begin to break through the Ukrainian borders,” Akopyan said.

Related: Ukrainian MIA to be on border within 30 minutes in case of migrant breakthrough, - Minister

She invited her colleagues from the UK to join forces and jointly counter the threat of the flow of refugees. The British side confirmed their readiness to help the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in strengthening the borders and countering illegal migration.

In November, Polish border guards recorded almost 9,000 attempts to illegally cross the border from Belarus. There are still about 7,000 migrants in Belarus, about 3,000 more have already been sent back to Syria and Iraq.

Related: ECHR bans deportation of migrants from Poland back to Belarus

By the way, in Ukraine in 2021, 1,003 foreigners applied for recognition as a refugee or a person in need of complementary protection. However, only 70 citizens are recognized as refugees, and another 50 are citizens in need of additional protection.

In August, after the aggravation of the situation in Afghanistan, six evacuation planes arrived in Ukraine, on which more than 650 refugees flew to Kyiv.


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