Belarus to develop national migration policy concept from 2017

Belarus to develop national migration policy concept from 2017

The European Union appreciates Belarus' experience in immigration policy, said on December 7 EU representatives in Minsk . Experts from the member countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) arrived at an international conference.

Dmitry Boyarovich, CTV:
If a frontier worker has even the slightest suspicion that the passenger's passport is not true, this passenger gets here. This is a special laboratory where distinguish fake passports are uncovered.

These passports, which once belonged to potential migrants, did not get into the country thanks to the vigilance of border service.

Most of these documents are original. But bogus people were using them. But there are also forged ones, and today's technologies allow making fake passports look genuine. They all are checked with this microscope.

Europe this year was struck by migration crisis. As a result, France closes camps, Merkel's party tightens immigration policy, and the Hungarian Parliament supports quotas of migrants to the EU. And this is only a drop in the sea.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German foreign minister:
The financial crisis, the wave of refugees and the shock of Brexit plunged the European Union into a strong turbulence.

If we do not understand what the value of the EU is, it will die.

International experts arrived in Belarus, first of all, to learn our experience and also to discuss innovations.

A meeting of this kind in Minsk has become traditional: it's been held for the last 5 years in a row.

This fact speaks for itself.

Argentina Szabados, director of the International Organization for Migration, Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia:
I saw what equipment border guards of Belarus have. I became sure of the professionalism of your border guards. But now, our priority is the development of new approaches to control borders. The situation is changing.

For Belarus, migration crisis is something that is happening somewhere far away.

During 2016, 80 people tried to illegally enter Europe through Belarus. They were mainly from Vietnam, Bangladesh and Iraq. It did not work out.

Nikolai Melchenko, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
We have developed a system in terms of safety, including risk of illegal migration. The migration situation is under our control.

Belarus plans to use the exchange of experience, such as this very conference, for its own purposes. Perhaps it will come in handy when Belarus will develop its national migration policy concept.

The document will be drafted starting from 2017.