119 people turned back on Latvia-Belarus border over weekend

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From Friday to Sunday, the Latvian State Border Guard prevented 119 people from trying to cross the Latvian-Belarusian state border illegally, the border guard said February 7.

For comparison, the weekend before, 137 people tried to enter Latvia.

On Friday, February 4, officials of the State Border Guard prevented 34 people from crossing the Latvian-Belarusian border illegally. On Saturday, February 5, 49 more people tried to enter Latvia illegally and on Sunday, February 6, another 36 people tried to cross.

All but two were turned back.

Since the introduction of the state of emergency, 117 people have not been prevented from crossing the border on humanitarian grounds, and a total of 469 third-country nationals have been detained after illegally crossing in 2021 and 2022.

Since 10 August 2021, a total of 5,775 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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