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NGO asks Germany to suspend deportations to… Poland

Pro-migrant NGO Pro Asyl has called on the German government to stop deporting migrants to neighboring Poland, arguing that the country treats asylum seekers badly.

Karl Kopp, Europe manager at Pro Asyl, has called on the German government to stop deportations to Poland now that the country has started taking in migrants deported under the European Union’s Dublin Agreement, which had been suspended due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Poland has a huge rule of law problem and the reception conditions for asylum seekers are contrary to human rights. Asylum seekers are routinely locked up in camps that are worse than prisons – simply because they applied for asylum,” Kopp said in a statement, reports the European Union-funded InfoMigrants website. .

“Given the systematic violations of European and international law by the Polish government, asylum seekers should under no circumstances be returned under such conditions,” Kopp said.

On its website, the NGO highlighted a migrant center in the village of Wędrzyn, which is near the German border with Poland and is home to several hundred migrants, saying the center sees up to 24 people in a room and that migrants live in prisons. conditions.

“Apart from bunk beds, a table and chairs, there is nothing in the cells. Men should store their clothes in plastic bags on the floor. There are bars in front of the windows, the ground is surrounded by fences with barbed wire – like in a prison,” the group said.

Last year migrants crossed the Polish border with Belarus and many did not stay in Poland but came to Germany, with around 11,213 migrants crossing from Poland to Germany last year. More than 5,200 migrants arrived in October alone.

Pro Asyl is not the first NGO to complain about Polish policy towards migrants in recent months. In February, a group of around 150 NGOs called on Poland to stop building a border barrier with Belarus, arguing that the barrier would harm the local environment.

Just a month later, more NGOs complained that Poland was taking in Ukrainian refugees but not allowing migrants to arrive from Belarus, arguing that the country was engaging in a double standard.

“It’s a strange feeling: I am of course very happy about this welcome boost for the refugees from Ukraine. But you wonder: why wouldn’t it be the same on the northern border? At the Ukrainian border, we have already had more than 2 million people. And on the Belarusian border, we are only talking about a few thousand,” said Grupa Granica member Monika Matus.

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