Estonia lifts temporary border control with Latvia

Estonia has lifted temporary border controls with Latvia on Wednesday, May 25, Estonia's public broadcaster ERR reported. It was introduced in early March following the Russian invasion of Ukraine to better control people entering Estonia.

Estonia's Interior Minister Kristian Jaani said that the number of refugees from Ukraine arriving via Latvia has significantly decreased by now, and migration routes have changed, with most refugees now arriving in Estonia via Russia, from eastern parts of Ukraine in particular. According to the minister, in the last few days, nearly 300 refugees a day have reached the Estonian border via Russia, while fewer than 100 have been arriving via Latvia

Lifting the intensified border controls does not mean that Ukrainian war refugees will no longer get help on the border as police patrols near the border continue.

There are currently 39,802 Ukrainian war refugees living in Estonia. In comparison, Latvia has taken in around 30,000 refugees officially.

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