On Sunday, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry has announced the repatriation of over 3,350 Iraqis who were stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland.
Spokesperson of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry Ahmed al-Sahaf told local media, “So far, we have brought 3,556 people back to Iraq.”
The spokesperson added that “the Iraqi consular service issued a total of 383 passports to people who lost their documents and found themselves in the territory of Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia or Poland.”
A large number of people have been waiting in difficult conditions at the Belarusian border in order to travel to Europe with dreams of a better life, triggered by the unfavorable living conditions in Iraq.
Thousands of migrants have been stuck on Belarus’ border with EU countries Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia in an attempt to seek asylum, many of whom come from Iraq and Syria.
Warsaw, Vilnius, and Riga have accused Minsk of orchestrating the migrant issue in retaliation towards the severing of EU sanctions on the country, which Belarus has denied.