Nexta says the majority of passengers on the Dubai-Minsk route operated by flydubai are Iraqis. Upon arrival, they crowded into the airport, sleeping on the benches and on the floor.
Earlier on Wednesday, Zerkalo.io, citing information from Belarusian tour operators, said that citizens of Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Yemen, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria can no longer obtain a visa at Minsk airport. Meanwhile, from October 17, citizens of, among others, Egypt, Iran and Pakistan will be able to enter Belarus without a visa if they have a valid visa that entitles them to enter several countries into the European Union or the Schengen area.
Since the spring, there has been a sharp increase in the number of attempts to cross the border illegally by migrants from the Middle East, Africa and other regions on the borders of Belarus with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. The European Union and its member states believe that this is the result of deliberate actions by the Belarusian authorities in response to the sanctions. Minsk denies the accusations.
From September 2, due to immigration pressure in the border region with Belarus – at 183 district locations in the Podlasie and Lublin regions – a state of emergency is in force. Since the beginning of the year, the border guards have registered more than 18 thousand. Attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarus border, of which more than 6.7 thousand. Rehearsals took place in October. According to data from the Ministry of the Interior and Administration, immigrants are often citizens of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Russia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Iran and Turkey.
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