On February 27, EU countries recorded a record number of migrants who tried to illegally enter the territory of the European Union from Belarus since the beginning of 2024, according to the daily analysis of messages from the border services of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, conducted by the Pozirk publication.

Yesterday, February 27, border guards of countries neighboring Belarus stopped 74 attempts of illegal entry into their territory: 68 — to Poland, 6 — to Lithuania.

It was calm only on the Belarusian-Latvian border.

Prior to that, the three busiest days were February 26 (30 attempts), February 21 (29) and February 22 (24).

In February, compared to January, the activity of illegal immigrants increased by 3.8 times: border guards stopped 368 such attempts in 27 days of February, while for the whole of January - 96. Migrants in the Lithuanian direction increased by 6.8 times (27 against 4) , in Latvian - in 10.6 (53 against 5), in Polish - in 3.3 (288 against 87).

The number of days when no attempt to illegally enter the European Union from Belarusian territory was registered was reduced to four in February (February 1, 2, 3 and 5).

In January, there were almost half of calm days - 15 (January 4, 7, 8, 12, 1, 16, 20, 21, 23, 25 and 27-31).

In 2023, 42,078 attempts of illegal migration across the border of Belarus to EU countries were recorded, including 3,959 in January-February.

The migrant crisis began after Lukashenka's statement

  • The migration crisis began against the backdrop of the deterioration of Belarus' relations with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland in the spring of 2021.

    Alexander Lukashenko then declared that Belarus will no longer deter illegal migrants to EU countries, because "we have neither the money nor the strength to do so" through sanctions.

  • In the spring of 2021, Lithuania first felt the multifold increase in the number of illegal migrants.

    After Vilnius decided not to detain migrants, but to return them to Belarus, the flow of illegal immigrants was reoriented to Poland, and then to Latvia.

    This led to tension in the border zone and constant clashes between Lithuanian and Polish border guards with migrants.

  • To fight against the flow of migrants, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland built fences on the border with Belarus.

    Lithuania, Latvia and Poland also decided not to let migrants into their territory.

  • A number of video evidences have appeared that Belarusian border guards not only do not stop migrants, but also actively help them cross the Polish border illegally.

  • The leadership of the Baltic states and Poland assigns the responsibility for the migration crisis at the border to the Belarusian authorities, who in response call the cause of the crisis the actions of the West in the countries from which the migrants arrive.