Poland’s Marcin Pryzdacz discusses migrant crisis in Belarus
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It is expected to cost around £300million – and a draft bill was approved by the lower house of the Polish parliament on Thursday. The next phase of the process will see the bill voted on for a second time in the Senate.
The barrier will be based along the 400 kilometre border to the east of Poland and west of Belarus – and will separate Poland further from its counterparts in Europe.
In a draft law put forward before parliament, the border is suggested to be “something in between a fence and a wall” with monitoring electronics, such as movement detectors.
Many of those attempting to make illegal border crossings since August have originated from the Middle East and Africa.
Last Thursday, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that key articles of one of the EU’s primary treaties were incompatible with Polish law – further heightening the case for Polexit.
Patryk Wachowiec, research fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law told the BBC that this ruling may allow for a legal Polexit to take place.
He said: “In practical terms, this ruling introduces aspects of a legal Polexit because it will deepen the problem of judicial co-operation between Polish and European courts, in particular the mutual recognition of judgements.”
Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s long-term confidants, Marek Suski and Ryszard Terlecki have been known to be very much against the idea of the European Union.
Mr Suski explained how Poland were trying to fight the “Brussels occupier”, whilst Mr Terlecki said that the UK proved “the dictatorship of the Brussels bureaucracy” could be defeated.
Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński spoke in Poland’s parliament on Monday about the number of illegal border crossings since the start of August.
Mr Kamiński said: “During this time, the border guard prevented 14,500 attempts. 1,471 people were arrested.
”About 1,500 people are now housed in buildings and in the hands of the Polish authorities; apparently mainly those who were allowed to submit an asylum request.”
He added: “They use drones to find out where our border guards are.”
Speaking to the EU Parliament, EU Interior Commissioner Ylva Johansson said that, since the start of October, there has been “a significant decrease in irregular entries from Belarus in recent weeks”.
Although Poland was unable to confirm this, there has been a suspension of all flights into Minsk from Iraq.
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The plan for a border comes after Germany had announced that there had been an upsurge in illegal entries into the country.
To get to Germany, there must first be a crossing between Poland and Belarus as the journey along mainland Europe begins.
Germany is said to be the most popular final destination for asylum seekers in Europe.
Lithuania has ordered barbed-wire to be built at their border with Belarus.
Extra troops have also been deployed in an attempt to deal with the number of migrants entering.
On September 21, Lithuania revealed 2,800 migrants had applied for asylum after making the journey across the Belarusian border and into Lithuania.
Writing on Twitter, Clive Paul has praised Poland for this decision, saying: “Excellent work Poland. I’d like several hundred miles of that barbed wire along the coast of Kent.”
Another user, @classicbiker3, believes it is the best decision they could make to protect their country, tweeting: “Poland are doing what needs to be done to protect its citizens.”
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki shot down claims on Facebook that he was planning to take Poland out of the EU as he posted: “This is a harmful myth, which the opposition uses for its own lack of ideas about Poland’s responsible place in Europe.”
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