46 people prevented from entering Latvia from Belarus over weekend

From Friday to Sunday, the Latvian State Border Guard prevented 46 people from trying to cross the Latvian-Belarusian state border illegally, the border guard said December 13.

On Friday, December 10, officials of the State Border Guard prevented 20 people from crossing the Latvian-Belarusian border illegally. On Saturday, December 11, eight more people tried to enter Latvia illegally and on Sunday, December 12, another 18 people tried to cross. All were turned back.

Since 10 August, a total of 2,919 people have been deterred from crossing the border illegally. There are no detainees at the weekend for illegal crossing of the state border.

Since the introduction of the state of emergency, 92 people have not been prevented from crossing the border on humanitarian grounds, and a total of 444 third-country nationals have been detained after illegally crossing this year.

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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