Belarus criticises EU for its refusal to accept migrants stuck at border

A first group of 431 migrants was flown back to Iraq on 18 November. (IRAQI MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION / AFP)

Authorities in Belarus have said that a group of 118 migrants who had hoped to reach the European Union via Poland have been flown out of the country.

“Yesterday, 118 people left from Minsk national airport,” Alexey Begun, the head of the migration department at Belarus’s interior ministry, told state news agency Belta on Tuesday.

He said another group of migrants was due to fly out of Belarus on Tuesday.

He did not say where they were headed, but said the embassies of several countries, including Syria and Iraq, were organising repatriation flights for their citizens who “have found themselves in a difficult situation.”

It was the latest sign of de-escalation in a crisis that saw several thousand migrants, mainly from the Middle East, stuck on the border between Poland and Belarus, the EU’s eastern frontier.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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