The influx of refugees across the German-Polish border continues unabated in Saxony.
Pirna – In the first week of November up to and including this Monday, 386 people were taken into custody by the federal police and facilities were handed over to the initial reception, the Federal Police Directorate Pirna announced on Tuesday. More than two thirds of those affected came from Iraq. But people from Syria, Yemen, Turkey and Iran have also been identified. Last weekend alone, almost 100 people illegally entered or smuggled were registered.
The Polish government and the EU are accusing the authoritarian Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of targeting people from crisis regions such as Afghanistan and Iraq in order to smuggle them into the EU. In response to Western sanctions, Lukashenko announced in the spring that he would no longer stop migrants en route to the European Union. The number of irregular border crossings at the EU’s external borders with Belarus and at the German-Polish border has increased sharply since then. (dpa)