Polish-Belarusian border crisis: Let's not lose sight of the people trapped in the middle

Police patrolling the Belarus-Polish border
Police at the Belarus-Polish border (EPA-EFE/Leonid Scheglov/Belta handout)

Professor Nando Sigona, Director of IRiS, writes for The Conversation, discussing how the Belerus border crisis with Poland loses sight of the thousands of people that are experiencing hunger, fear and freezing temperatures, being kicked back and forth like footballs, between the two military forces.

Tensions at the border between Poland and Belarus continue to rise, with thousands of vulnerable migrants stranded in a standoff between the two countries and the geopolitical blocs to which they belong. About 4,000 men, women and children are caught along the border between the two countries, having been reportedly escorted to the border by Belarusian guards.  Professor Sigona explores the political backdrop to the situation and states that 'while understanding the geopolitics behind the current border crisis is useful and relevant, the protection of vulnerable people stranded at the EU border and their humanitarian needs should remain paramount, as well as their right to claim asylum.'.

Professor Nando Sigona is the Principal Investigator for the Rebordering Britain and Britons after Brexit (MIGZEN) project and the Co-Investigator for Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis (MEDMIG) project.

Read the Conversation article: Belarus: border crisis with Poland loses sight of the people trapped in the middle