EC official to visit Poland over migration crisis

The director of the European Commission's (EC) migration department will visit Poland on Thursday to discuss the migration crisis on the Polish border, an EC spokesman has said.

Monique Pariat, head of the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, will pay a two-day visit to Warsaw on Thursday and Friday, Adalbert Jahnz told a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday.

According to Jahnz, Pariat will meet Polish officials and civil society activists on Friday to discuss the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border.

Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have accused the government of Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president, of bringing migrants from the Middle East and Africa, and then pushing them across the EU border in an effort to destabilise the EU in retaliation for sanctions that Brussels has imposed on Minsk.

Poland’s Border Guard says it foils hundreds of illegal entry attempts from Belarus every day.

Still, increasing numbers of migrants are being reported to have successfully crossed into Polish territory and are now heading towards Western Europe. Poland has not yet asked the EU border agency Frontex for help, claiming it can handle the situation on its own.