Dramatic images of migrants stranded on Europe's northern border

Tears at the border
Belarusian army prevents return
Humanitarian crisis
'There is no escape'
The most vulnerable victims
Poland accuses Belarus
Humanitarian crisis and lives in danger
Tensions between nations
Where do these migrants come from?
Latvia and Lithuania in the same situation
If it gets colder, people will die
NATO supports Poland
Trying to survive outside
A wait with no end in sight
A drama that doesn't stop
The dream of reaching Europe
Possibility of confrontation
expulsions from Poland
A hard hand
A wall like Trump's
Ammo to the far right
NGOs concerned about migrants
Tears at the border

A child cries in the no man's land that separates Poland from Belarus. Thousands of migrants, trying to enter the European Union, arrived here in early November. Their mission is impossible. The Polish government has sent soldiers to keep them out of its territory.

Belarusian army prevents return

The problem doesn't end there. Migrants cannot retreat either. Some of them reported to media like the BBC that the Belarusian army is pushing them towards the border.

Humanitarian crisis

According to estimations, there are more than 2,000 people trapped in the cold region. They are men, women and children from the Middle East and Asia. Many have set up a makeshift camp, and their situation is one of calamity.

'There is no escape'

One of the migrants stranded on the Polish-Belarus border told the BBC of his anguish: "There is no way to escape. Poland does not let us in. Every night they fly with helicopters. They don't let us sleep. We are so hungry. There is no water or food here."

The most vulnerable victims

The images of children and elderly people involved in this tragedy are staggering. What caused this new migratory crisis?

Poland accuses Belarus

Migrants are geostrategic pieces in the quasi-war tension that exists between Poland and Belarus. Polish (and other Baltic) authorities accuse the neighboring country of leading large groups of people to the borders of the European Union.

Humanitarian crisis and lives in danger

The Belarusian government is using these asylum seekers as a political weapon to get the European Union to lift the sanctions imposed on the country, whose government is accused of electoral fraud and severe repression. Belarus has even threatened to cut off gas supplies to the continent.

Tensions between nations

Polish military mobilization appears to have been geared towards war: 15,000 soldiers have been deployed along the border. The country's Ministry of Defense has announced that it's adding another 10,000 soldiers to bolster security.

Where do these migrants come from?

The migrants seeking to enter the European Union come from countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

Latvia and Lithuania in the same situation

Latvia and Lithuania had a similar problem at their borders in August 2021, and they also blamed the Belarusian government.

If it gets colder, people will die

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen has demanded that Belarus stop pushing migrants to the border. She warns that lives are at stake. Winter is approaching and temperatures are lower every day.

NATO supports Poland

The diplomatic climate is tense. NATO has openly expressed its support for Poland.

Trying to survive outside

Euronews reports that the European Union is preparing to harshly punish Belarus. The country is currently led by Aleksandr Lukashenko whose democratic character the EU questions.

A wait with no end in sight

Meanwhile, people are living in miserable and tragic conditions at the gates of Europe. They await a resolution of the situation while neither side is making any moves.

A drama that doesn't stop

Mass migrations are an unremitting drama for the countries involved. Across the Atlantic, a similar drama occurred when Haitians were chased across the Mexican-US border.

The dream of reaching Europe

Spain is another sought after territory in Europe. Africans, especially from Morocco, risk their lives in canoes (or even swimming) to reach the south of the country. Many have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.

Possibility of confrontation

At the Polish-Belarusian border, some fear that there could be a clash between the nations' troops. No one could have imagined such a scenario, but both Poland and Belarus have made extremely aggressive statements.

expulsions from Poland

The migrants are in the middle of it all. For now, Poland is quickly expelling anyone who manages to enter its territory illegally. Dozens of migrants have already been deported.

A hard hand

The far-right Polish government wants to show that this is the right line for Europe. They do not favour the welcoming and humanitarian stand but instead argue for expulsion and defense of the borders at all costs.

A wall like Trump's

According to Euronews, Poland plans to spend $350 million to build a border wall, in the style of what Trump promised (and partly built) in the United States. The Polish government wants the European Union to help finance it.

Ammo to the far right

The European far right is on the rise and images of migrants at the borders are ammunition for its speech. Extremist parties speak of an "invasion" against which they must defend themselves.

NGOs concerned about migrants

Only NGOs are discussing the option for European countries to host the displaced persons. The problem of migration remains very complicated for all governments on the continent.

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