The Commission is proposing interim legal and practical measures to resolve the state of emergency on the EU’s external border with Belarus.
In order to help countries resolve the state of emergency on the EU’s external border with Belarus, the European Commission has proposed allowing migrants to seek asylum in Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. It depends on the border with which European country the person found himself.
Reuters also writes that refugees will not be able to seek asylum in other EU countries. The European Commission noted that the measures included in this proposal are extraordinary and exceptional. They will be used for 6 months if they are not extended or canceled.
If this proposal is approved, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania will be able to extend the registration period for asylum applications by one month, instead of 3-10 days.
Countries will also be able to provide asylum to refugees at the border for up to 16 weeks to await asylum applications. Exceptions to these rules will apply to applicants with special health problems.
To remind, situation on Ukraine’s border with Belarus is currently calm and under control.