Representatives from the European Member States have asked for enhanced action to strengthen and protect the union’s external borders, which have been attacked by illegal migration continuously.
Furthermore, interior ministers of Greece, Poland, Italy, Austria, and France attended a border security conference in Lithuania, alongside the European Home Affairs Commissioner, Ylva Johansson, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to them, the security on EU borders must be emphasized, and people smugglers to be tracked down in order to save the lives of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa who risk their lives to reach the EU countries.
“We must protect our borders from aggression, and we need to protect our people,” Johansson said during the conference.
In order to do that, she said that it required the migration flows forced from poverty and conflicts in their home countries to come for a better life, but Johansson points out that the EU member states should not wait and act sooner.
Moreover, Poland’s interior minister, Mariusz Kaminski, called for amendments to EU migration law – as the countries have witnessed migrants trying to cross illegally the EU external borders, especially Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which have been affected greatly from such illegal activities. At least 12 people died in the attempt to enter the European countries.
Previously, the Iraqi and Lithuanian authorities discussed how to put an end to the migrant crisis that the Baltic country and other EU member states are currently experiencing.
“Iraq was able to return 4,000 Iraqis, who were stranded on Belarus’ border with Lithuania and Poland. They will be returned to Iraq voluntarily upon their approval,” he pointed out for some of the migrants.
A report published by Memo reveals that more than 8,000 people have attempted to enter the European countries by illegally passing the Belarus-EU border in 2021.
Furthermore, the EU Border Agency, Frontex, has revealed that the number of illegal border crossings has increased throughout 2021, with almost 200,000 cases – recording the highest rates of illegal migration since 2017.
Syrians, Tunisians, Moroccans, Algerians, and Afghans account for the most reported nationalities for illegal border passages for last year.
In addition, the Central Mediterranean route remains the most affected route for illegal migration as 65,362 detections were registered, with the most of arrivals coming from Libya, Turkey, and especially Tunisia, as it makes up for the largest number of migrants for the year.