113 attempts to cross Latvia-Belarus border prevented over weekend

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From Friday to Sunday, the Latvian State Border Guard prevented 113 people from trying to cross the Latvian-Belarusian state border illegally, the border guard said February 14.

For comparison, the weekend before, 119 people tried to enter Latvia.

On Friday, February 11, officials of the State Border Guard prevented 41 people from crossing the Latvian-Belarusian border illegally. On Saturday, February 12, 34 more people tried to enter Latvia illegally and on Sunday, February 13, another 38 people tried to cross.

All were turned back.

Since the introduction of the state of emergency, 124 people have not been prevented from crossing the border on humanitarian grounds, and a total of 476 third-country nationals have been detained after illegally crossing in 2021 and 2022.

Since 10 August 2021, a total of 6,028 people have been deterred from crossing the border illegally. 

In the summer of 2021, the number of migrants trying to enter the territory of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland illegally increased significantly as a result of the state-sponsored human trafficking operation being run by the Lukashenko regime in Belarus. Most migrants have come from Iraq.

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