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Poland moves to expel migrants at border

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 15th October, 2021 04:27:47 PM
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Poland's parliament has passed a law allowing border guards to immediately expel migrants who cross the border illegally.

Guards will also be given power to refuse applications for international asylum, without examination.

Human rights groups accuse Poland of wanting to legalise migrant pushbacks.

Poland and the EU have accused Belarus's authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko of facilitating an influx of thousands of migrants.

The European Union says he is trying to destabilise neighbouring member states as a form of retaliation against sanctions.

Under international law, anyone seeking international protection must be given access to the asylum process, even if they have crossed a border illegally.

Although it is forbidden to send people back to where their wellbeing may be in danger, rights groups have accused Poland of pushing back migrants for months.

At least six migrants have been found dead near the border with temperatures now falling below freezing overnight.

The newly approved legal amendment must now be signed into law by Polish President Andrzej Duda, an ally of the government.

Source: BBC