At the Polish-Belarussion Border

The humanitarian crisis that we have been witnessing for
the past three months on the Polish-Belarusian border (as well
as on Belarus‘ borders with Latvia and Lithuania) is unpreced-
ented in Europe. No country has ever attempted what is people
smuggling on such a large scale. Orchestrating migration has
become the Belarusian regime’s tool to inflict vengeance on
the European Union — including on Poland — for their political
decisions. […]

Our report focuses on the situation of migrant women and men
in the Polish-Belarusian border region. It is based on informa-
tion and data collected by activists from Grupa Granica (GG)
who have been working in the border area since mid-August,
2021, with the primary aim to provide humanitarian assistance
to migrants and support them in accessing relevant legal pro-
cedures, with an additional objective of monitoring and docu-
menting law and human rights violations.

In the report, we present various data. Some are information
published by the Polish Border Guard, which we try to interpret
and explain. We also used data collected during fieldwork dir-
ectly from migrants, activists, residents of border areas, as well
as representatives of NGOs that are part of Grupa Granica and
other organisations, such as Fundacja Ocalenie and Klub Inteli-
gencji Katolickiej. In the black text boxes, we present short
stories describing the assistance provided to people trapped
in the border area — we report them as they were passed on
to us by activists providing direct assistance (though
anonymised and slightly edited).

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Author(s): Grupa Granica

Full Title: Humanitariancrisis atthePolish-Belarusian border

Publisher or Journal: Grupa Granica

Year of Publication: 2021

Document Type: Broshure / PDF


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