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War in Ukraine causes increase in illegal immigration through Baltic States

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe war in Ukraine has caused unexpected consequences for Latvia, increasing the flow of illegal immigrants. War in eastern Ukraine on the border with Russia has cut off one of the largest illegal immigrant corridors. Now this flow has turned to Baltic States.

In addition, following authorities attempts to reduce the flow of contraband goods through Latvia, smugglers happily engage in a new business – trafficking of illegal immigrants. The economic situation often motivates Latvian residents to get involved as well, without taking into consideration different consequences. Persons who get involved in this commit a criminal offence and illegal immigrants put their lives in danger, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Since June 2014, Latvian border guards’ professional skills were tested by an unprecedented pressure coming from an increased flow of illegal immigrants. Several groups of illegal immigrants have been caught in the past month.

Lithuanian border guards have also detained several groups of illegal immigrants in the past couple of months. These mostly consist of Vietnamese and Afghani nationals that come from Russia’s side. For every one detained in Latvia there is also one that slips through and ends up detained in Poland or Lithuania. Those detained are then returned to Latvia and them back to their home country.

The total number of uncaught refugees is unknown. A dangerous trend is rising – even though the number of illegal immigrants continues to rise rapidly since summer, residents report such cases less and less frequently. Smugglers who had previously been caught by authorities are now engaged in a new kind of smuggling field. On top of that, authorities report that new people are said to come in this ‘business’.

There are more people for whom Latvia is only a single stop for handling live cargo. They are then handed over to Polish and other European citizens. There are other difficulties when it comes to investigating such crimes. The armed conflict in Ukraine has cut off a large human trafficking corridor to Russia, which is now directed toward Baltic States. It presents a test to Baltic law enforcement authorities and residents.

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  1. Linda says:

    Well Russia is big enough to welcome all the migrants and give them new passports, etc., so there is no need to cross any borders into EU or any other country. If UK gets anymore crowded, we might all apply to migrate to Russia …. where’s the best area?

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