“The instrumentalization of migrants and refugees is completely unacceptable,” the High Representative said. Josep Borrell.
In a statement issued by the EU on the instrumentalization of migrants and refugees by the EU Belarus, underlines that “the use of people in need to promote political goals violates fundamental European values and principles. “As a result, the EU and its Member States condemn the instrumentalisation of migrants and refugees by the Belarussian regime.”
“The EU and its Member States will address the continuing increase in illegal crossings from Belarus to the EU in order to maintain the integrity of its external borders. “In its gradual approach, the EU will consider restrictive measures targeting traffickers of migrants who violate human rights or those who are otherwise involved in human trafficking.”
He further added that “the EU and its Member States remain committed to effectively managing migration flows in order to protect the EU’s external borders. Those who do not have the right to stay in the EU will be returned” and added that “in this context, the EU and its Member States will take all necessary measures in accordance with EU and international law. “
Josep Borrell notes that “the EU and its Member States, in solidarity, have already increased their support, including through the development of the FRONTEX Rapid Border Intervention and Additional Technical Assistance, and are ready to further strengthen it. Member States will promptly provide the necessary support to ensure the immediate development of the relevant teams and elements. “
“We will work to further strengthen the EU’s return capabilities as part of a comprehensive approach, including through dialogue and partnerships with countries of origin and transit.”