137 people tried to cross Latvia-Belarus border over weekend

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From Friday to Sunday, the Latvian State Border Guard prevented 137 people from trying to cross the Latvian-Belarusian state border illegally, the border guard said January 31.

For comparison, the weekend before, 185 people tried to enter Latvia.

On Friday, January 29, officials of the State Border Guard prevented 47 people from crossing the Latvian-Belarusian border illegally. On Saturday, January 22, 46 more people tried to enter Latvia illegally and on Sunday, January 23, another 44 people tried to cross.

All but two were turned back.

Since the introduction of the state of emergency, 113 people have not been prevented from crossing the border on humanitarian grounds, and a total of 465 third-country nationals have been detained after illegally crossing in 2021 and 2022.

Since 10 August 2021, a total of 5,477 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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