EU Mulls Funding Border Walls Amid Migrant Crisis in Belarus

European Council President Charles Michel said that the EU is debating on whether to fund border walls as the escalating crisis on the Polish-Belarus border amps pressure on the bloc.

Michel turned heads after he claimed on Nov. 10 that the EU could legally fund border barriers and that the bloc is looking at doing so soon.

The EU has long refused to build barriers or fences in the Polish-Belarus border where thousands of migrants have surged to enter the bloc. Last month, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen asserted that “there will be no funding of barbed wire and walls.”

But some EU leaders have voiced concern over the surge of stranded migrants from Belarus at the Polish border where 10 migrants have died.

“Based on an opinion of the Legal Service of the Council, it’s legally possible,” Michel said in a press conference in Warsaw, referring to calls for the EU to help Poland build barriers on their borders.

“We are going to talk about the physical infrastructure and the possibilities of their financing,” Michel added.

Belarus’s president Alexander Lukashenko, an authoritarian figure, has been accused of orchestrating a “hybrid attack” against the EU by pushing migrants toward its borders in response to sanctions.

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