More than 100 illegal border crossers turned away in one day

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Border guards on Thursday, December 23, prevented 103 people from illegally entering Latvia from Belarus, the State Border Guard informed the LETA newswire.

This is the largest number yet recorded of migrants trying to illegally cross into Latvia from Belarus.

Over the past 10 days, Latvia has seen an increase in the number migrants attempting to illegally cross the border from Belarus.

Before that the average number of persons attempting to illegally enter Latvia was 20-30 migrants per day.

Since August 10, a total of 3,481 persons have been deterred from illegally crossing from Belarus into Latvia.

In the past 24 hours nobody was detained for illegally crossing the border.

Since a state of emergency was declared in regions at the Latvian-Belarusian border on August 11, a total of 93 illegal immigrants have been allowed to enter Latvia on humanitarian grounds, and 445 people have been detained for illegal border crossing.

As reported, taking into consideration the steeply increasing numbers of illegal immigrants trying to cross into Latvia from Belarus, the government has declared a state of emergency that will run from August 11 until November 10, and then extended to February 10, 2022, in the following municipalities: Ludza Region, Kraslava Region, Augsdaugava Region, and the City of Daugavpils.

Latvian authorities consider attempts by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko's regime to push migrants across Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish borders are methods of hybrid warfare targeting these countries.

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