Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kamisnki reported on Wednesday that the country was considering building a wall on the border with Belarus to curb the increasing flow of migration in recent months.
He made it clear that the country “wants to permanently fortify its border” in order to alleviate the migration problem. Therefore, the wire fence that is being built in the area is likely to be replaced with a wall at some point.
Kamisnki has indicated that it is necessary to implement these security measures and to put up a “solid and high barrier with a security system and a motion detector”.
However, the government has tried to refer to this construction as a “barricade” or “barrier” rather than a “wall” and has made it clear that parliament will give the final “yes” to the measure.
The ruling Law and Justice party lacks the necessary majority, but it is assumed that the measure will be carried out with the necessary support. The government has proposed investing $ 423 million (€ 365 million) in building the wall.
Warsaw has again accused the Belarusian government of encouraging migration flows at the border in retaliation for the sanctions the European Union imposed on President Alexander Lukashenko after the controversial elections in August 2020.
The wave of migration has already brought more than 4,300 people from Belarus and Poland to countries like Germany since last August. Most of them are of Iraqi, Syrian and Iranian origin, according to the authorities.
In comparison, between January and July of this year, only 26 entries via these routes into German territory were registered. Most of these migrants are in initial reception centers, mainly in the state of Bandenburg.
“It is not a dramatic situation, but it is a difficult situation,” said Olaf Jansen, head of the Central Immigration Office in Brandenburg. The big challenge is to prevent the coronavirus from spreading among migrants.