Since July 2021, thousands of people have been attempting to reach the EU by crossing from Belarus into Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania. Following an increase in the volume of crossing attempts, Poland declared an emergency status in September, preventing people from crossing and limiting humanitarian organisations’ ability to reach people in need. The Polish Government has announced lifting the emergency status on 1 July 2022.
This report outlines the living conditions and needs of migrants and asylum seekers stranded in the Poland-Belarus border area as a result of a political crisis and migration policies. It is an update of a similar ACAPS report published in December 2021 here.