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Finland Ready to Close Border over Looming Migrant Surge

Minister Ohisalo said country could lose its border

 on 15th November 2021 @ 12.00pm
migrants have used finland as an entry point to the european union via its border with russia © press
Migrants have used Finland as an entry point to the European Union via its border with Russia

Finland’s Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo warned the country would close its border if it faces the same migrant surge Poland and the Baltic States saw last week.

Minister Ohisalo said if Finland is subjected to the same sort of “hybrid warfare,” it could lose its border.

Many have accused Belarus of sending migrants across its border with European Union member-states.

Migrants have used Finland as an entry point to the European Union via its border with Russia.

“It is quite clear that this is a hybrid impact," Ohisalo told the Finnish broadcaster YLE this week.

 it is quite clear that this is a hybrid impact   ohisalo told the finnish broadcaster yle this week © press
'It is quite clear that this is a hybrid impact,' Ohisalo told the Finnish broadcaster YLE this week

"Belarus is trying to divide EU countries while at the same time making them violate international conventions."

Ohisalo said asylum seekers would be treated individually and said women; children would be protected.

But he warned that many Middle Eastern migrants are being used as a weapon by the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko.

The head of the Situation and Risk Analysis Centre of the Border Guard, Mikko Lehmus, isn't confident the Finnish border can be fully closed.

Other countries like Poland and Greece have already completed border barriers in an effort to stop illegal immigrants from coming into their countries.

last week  frontiers of nato and the eu saw violent clashes with migrants as poland desperately attempted ot defend its border with belarus © press
Last week, frontiers of NATO and the EU saw violent clashes with migrants as Poland desperately attempted ot defend its border with Belarus

“[A]ttention is focused on Finland’s long eastern border," Lehmus said.

"It must be clear to everyone that it cannot be comprehensively fenced or covered by other obstacle devices."

Last week, frontiers of NATO and the EU saw violent clashes with migrants as Poland desperately attempted ot defend its border with Belarus.

Ariel footage released by Polish authorities shows border guards and soldiers trying to hold back thousands of migrants armed with shovels, axes, and wire cutters.

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