Permanent Representatives of Baltic States and Poland met with the Heads of IOM and UNHCR
On 29-30 September, the Permanent Representatives of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland in Geneva met with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration António Vitorino and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to discuss the challenges posed by irregular migration from Belarus to the EU.
„Lithuania and other EU Member States that are vocal about the multiple grave violations of human rights in Belarus, experience artificially created wave of irregular migration. It is unacceptable that the Belarussian regime uses asylum-seekers and migrants to achieve political ends. The current crisis should be addressed from its root causes that lie first and foremost in Belarus”, - stressed the Chargé d'Affaires of Lithuania in Geneva Donatas Tamulaitis.
The Permanent Representatives handed over a joint letter, in which they called on both organizations to engage in an active dialogue with Belarus, which is entirely responsible for this inhumane situation and its consequences.
This year, the Lithuanian border guards have already detained more than four thousand persons, who illegally crossed the Lithuanian border from Belarus, which compares to just 74 in all of the previous year.