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On Monday 7 February, MEPs will discuss with the Polish Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights the situation of migrants in Poland, focusing on those stranded at the border with Belarus.

The Civil Liberties Committee has invited Dr Hanna Machinska. in order to hear her experiences and assessment of the treatment of migrants in Poland and in particular in border regions with Belarus.

MEPs are likely to inquiry about recent legislative changes in Poland to deal with the migratory situation at the Belarus border, alleged fundamental rights violations and pushbacks.

When: Monday, 7 February, from 17.00 to 17.45

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, room Paul-Henri Spaak (3C050) and remotely

You can follow the discussion live.

Background

During 2021 the Lukashenka regime in Belarus has been deliberately organising the arrival of migrants from the Middle East to the Belarus borders with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania with the aim of facilitating their further travel to EU member states. In response, the EU has adopted sanctions against the Lukashenka regime and the European Commission proposed on 1 December 2021 to modify the asylum, return and reception rules at the EU borders with Belarus for the benefit of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania for a period of six months.

According to the December 2021 Fundamental Right Agency migration bulletin , which sets out the measures adopted by the EU Member States in order to deal with increased arrivals of people seeking international protection at the EU’s border with Belarus, the treatment of migrants at EU borders continues to be a pressing fundamental rights concern.

Further information

Source – EU Parliament

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