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).

Full titleHumanitariancrisis atthePolish-Belarusian border
PublisherGrupa Granica
Media typeBroshure / PDF
Topics Detention, Deportation & Pushbacks
Regions Europe

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