83 people prevented from entering Latvia via Belarus border

On Tuesday, December 14, another 83 people's attempts of illegally crossing the Latvian-Belarusian State border were prevented, a figure that has not been this high since August.

No people were detained for having crossed the border illegally.

Since the announcement of the state of emergency on the Latvia-Belarus border August 10, the Border Guard has prevented 3,058 persons from crossing the border.

The State Border Guard deputy chief Ivars Ruskulis told Latvian Television December 14 that the number of migrants has been rising, and that the temporary fence has been damaged – a hole had been cut in it which the migrants could squeeze through. He said that it would not be an issue and that the border guard could repair it. 

The increase in the number of migrants is explained by the decision of the Belarusian authorities to return migrants to their home countries. In the hope of entering the European Union, however, some migrants try to cross the border of Latvia after they have failed to enter Poland and Lithuania.

444 persons have been detained for illegally crossing the border this year, 295 of which came in the timeframe from August 6 to 10, and 92 of which came after the announcement of the state of emergency. Those people were allowed in citing 'humanitarian reasons'.


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