Emergency on Latvia-Belarus border extended for fourth time

As regards illegal migration to the border of Latvia-Belarus, the government decided August 9 to extend the state of emergency announced in several Latgale municipalities until November 10. This is already the fourth time that the emergency in the border area of Belarus is extended.

The state of emergency is in force in the municipalities of Ludza, Krāslava, Augšdaugava, and Daugavpils.

For the first time, the government announced an emergency in the four administrative areas mentioned above on the Belarus border from 11 August to 10 November 2021. It was subsequently extended until February 10, 2022, later until May 10, and then again until August 10, 2022.

Now the emergency at the border has been extended for the fourth time.

During the period from June 1 to 30, 2022, the State Border Guard stopped 96 persons on the border of Latvia–Belarus and detained two persons. The Interior Ministry said that in August, compared with July, the number of people who have tried to cross the border illegally had increased. In July, 13 attempts to cross the border illegally were avoided, but from August 1 to 8 they were already 50, so this situation should be treated with caution.

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