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An additional almost 384,000 euros is allocated for the protection of the Latvian-Belarusian border / Article

Additional expenses have been incurred in the period from 1 March to 31 March 2022 and are related to overtime pay, allowances, business trips, meals, food, inventory, food and daily allowances for asylum seekers employed by institutions subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior.

The money is intended for: the State Police – 185,557 euros, the State Border Guard – 141,415 euros, the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs – 24,534 euros and the State Security Service – 9,294 euros.

EUR 22,899 has also been allocated to compensate for the increase in average earnings resulting from the payment of overtime and allowances to employees, including: EUR 9,908 for the State Police, EUR 11,780 for the State Border Guard, EUR 1,211 for the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs .

The total amount of funding granted is 383,699 euros.

In order to reduce the risks and threats of illegal immigration, as well as to impede the activities of illegal immigration planners, organizers and executors on the Latvian-Belarusian border, the number of assignments in the State Border Guard Border Guard Units was increased, as well as support measures were provided. In turn, an enhanced border surveillance regime has been introduced at the Latvian-Russian state border to ensure more intensive surveillance and control of the state border.

The State Police, in turn, provided support to the State Border Guard in ensuring border surveillance in order to prevent illegal border crossing. The most suitably trained and equipped employees of the largest structural units were attracted to support border surveillance. Officials from Riga and regional structural units were seconded to the Latvian-Belarusian border to provide support, as well as officials from the Latgale region administration were involved.

In view of the sharp increase in asylum seekers from August 2021, the workload and volume of work required by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in connection with the processing of asylum seekers and the accommodation of asylum seekers, including the Covid-19 quarantine regime, increased sharply. requirements.

In the period from 1 March 2022 to 31 March 2022, the State Border Guard has detained 267 persons from crossing the state border illegally at the state border of Latvia and has detained 7 persons. At present, the situation on the Latvian-Belarusian border is generally stable and calm, the Ministry of the Interior pointed out.

However, in connection with illegal migration on the Latvian-Belarusian border, the government decided to extend the state of emergency declared in several Latgale municipalities until August 10.

For the first time, the government declared a state of emergency in four administrative territories – Ludza, Kraslava, Augšdaugava region, Daugavpils – on the border of Belarus from August 11 to November 10, 2021. It was later extended until 10 February 2022, but later until 10 May.

CONTEXT:

In the summer of 2021, the number of migrants trying to enter the territory of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland illegally increased significantly. Most migrants have come from Iraq.

Officials in the Baltic states and Poland said the Belarusian authorities deliberately did not obstruct the crossing of the border in order to punish them for supporting the Belarusian opposition and sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.

The European Union describes this as a deployment of a hybrid war.

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