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Belarus allows thousands of migrants to crowd on Poland’s border

Duda said later that he was urgently analysing the request and hinted that he would grant it.

“Please expect Poland’s security to be strengthened in the nearest time through acts of law, and also through subsequent actions on Poland’s border,” Duda said.

Police guard migrants after they crossed the border from Belarus into Poland in the village of Usnarz Gorny, last week.

Police guard migrants after they crossed the border from Belarus into Poland in the village of Usnarz Gorny, last week. Credit:AP

Marianna Wartecka of the refugee rights group Fundacja Ocalenie said eight of the migrants trapped on the border have kidney problems and five have diarrhoea. The sickest person in the group is a 52-year-old woman who travelled from Afghanistan with her five mostly grown children, Wartecka said.

An activist who speaks Dari, one of Afghanistan’s official languages, has used a megaphone to communicate with the stranded Afghans, who shout back or gesture answers with their hands. But Polish border guards run sirens and set up vans to interrupt the communication, Wartecka told The Associated Press.

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European Union justice and home affairs ministers pledged on Tuesday night (AEST) to support Afghanistan’s neighbours such as Pakistan to host people fleeing the new Taliban regime and prevent a new wave of migrants heading to Europe.

In a closing statement following a meeting in Brussels, the ministers said the EU and its 27 nations “stand determined to act jointly to prevent the recurrence of uncontrolled large-scale illegal migration movements faced in the past, by preparing a coordinated and orderly response.”

Merkel said, for Germany, the focus now is aiding between 10,000 and 40,000 Afghans entitled to come to Germany with their close family members because they had worked for the German military or aid organisations.

“We need to see how many actually want to leave the country and how many don’t,” she said. “That will depend very much on the circumstances the Taliban create.”

The plan is reminiscent of the deal the EU sealed with Turkey after over 1 million migrants entered the EU in 2015, many of them fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq. To persuade Turkey to stop people from leaving its territory, the 27-nation bloc offered the country 6 billion euros to help Syrian refugees.

The Telegraph, London; AP

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