Over 1,400 Belarusians have asked for help in Poland since August

Agnieszka Golias, a Border Guard spokeswoman said 241,000 Belarusians had entered Poland from Belarus, and 265,000 had gone in the opposite direction between August 18 and December 13. Jacek Turczyk/PAP

Over 1,400 Belarusians sought help and protection in Poland between August 18 and December 13, according to new figures from the Polish Border Guard.

Poland relaxed its entry regulations for Belarusians in September owing to the political turmoil that has gripped the country since presidential elections in August, which were widely regarded as rigged.

According to Lieutenant Agnieszka Golias, a Border Guard spokeswoman, 430 Belarusians have applied for international protection in Poland, 84 entered Poland after being granted special consent from the Border Guard's chief commander, and 893 arrived in Poland on visas granted on humanitarian grounds.

Golias said 241,000 Belarusians had entered Poland from Belarus, and 265,000 had gone in the opposite direction between August 18 and December 13.