Iraq Issues 400 Passports To Repatriate Migrants From Belarus

The foreign ministry of Iraq announced on Wednesday it has issued 420 passports to Iraqi migrants in Belarus to facilitate their voluntary return to Iraq.

The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, said the country’s embassies in Minsk and Warsaw will distribute passports among migrants in Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Iraq authorities said that more than 1,500 migrants have returned to Iraq through Baghdad and Erbil airports so far.

The migrant crisis began almost two months ago at the border between Belarus and Poland, in which thousands of migrants, especially from the Middle East, tried to enter the European Union through Poland.  

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell said that the EU is to step up sanctions against Belarus in response to an escalating migrant crisis on the border with Poland.

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