Border Group activities in December 2022 and January 2023 

The rights of migrants
Border Group activities in December 2022 and January 2023

We present a periodic report summarising the last two months of activities carried out by the grassroots coalition Grupa Granica.

The humanitarian crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border has been ongoing since mid-2021. Winter months bring fewer interventions and not as many people trying to cross to the Polish side, but simultaneously - an increased number of deaths from this humanitarian crisis. Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been calling for a de-escalation of violence, pointing out that the current policy aiming at legalising pushbacks will lead to more deaths. The Polish-Belarusian border must not become a mass grave. 

The report includes information on: 

  • autumn and winter months fatalities; 
  • factors that contribute to migrants dying or missing on the Polish-Belarusian border;
  • statistics indicating the scale of the crisis;
  • the countries of origin of persons seeking protection within the European Union;
  • pushbacks and violence by the authorities of both countries;
  • medical and humanitarian assistance provided, as well as recent court rulings, legal analyses and amendments to Polish laws.  

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