Human rights are at stake, an expert on migration warns

Despite the current situation at the Polish-Belarusian borders, the Polish government decided not to invite EU’s Frontex border guards to help. [EPA-EFE / MAXIM GUCHEK / BELTA / HANDOUT]

With the new Migration and asylum pact, the EU’s migration policy is becoming increasingly stringent, Marta Górczyńska, human rights lawyer from the Migration Research Hub, said.

“The EU is moving towards a ‘closed door’ policy,” she said in an interview for EURACTIV.cz., adding that human rights are currently at stake.

“At the Belarusian-Polish border, we are currently witnessing the refugees’ pushbacks without any return or asylum procedures. It is worrying that such practices and approaches are becoming normal,” Górczyńska said.

According to the lawyer, Poland is breaching international law. “There is a principle that no one can be pushed back to danger – for example, to a country, where one would face persecution. But that is exactly what is happening in Belarus. Belarus cannot be considered a safe country,” she said.

Despite the current situation at the Polish-Belarusian borders, the Polish government decided not to invite EU’s Frontex border guards to help. Górczyńska is convinced that the Polish government wants to avoid any witnesses of the expulsion of immigrants from the Polish territory.

The Czech government has already offered assistance to Poland to manage the ongoing crisis at the Polish-Belarus borders. However, the Polish authorities refused.

“Tensions between Poland and the EU may also be another reason why Poland does not want to ask Frontex for help. An invitation to Frontex could send a signal that Warsaw is failing, and I think the Polish government is too proud to do that,” Górczyńská explained.

(Aneta Zachova, EURACTIV.cz)

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