BRUSSELS, Dec 1 - The European Union executive on Wednesday will propose that Poland and its two Baltic neighbours handle migrants, while the West accuses Belarus of pushing to their shared border under quicker procedures that weaken asylum seekers protections.
The EU has accused Belarus of escorting thousands of people from the Middle East and requiring them to cross into the region via Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, which was not used by migrants before. Belarus dismisses the accusations.
According to sources familiar with the proposal, the Brussels-based EU Commission will offer that asylum seekers restricted to designated locations such as designated border locations, as determined border sites.
That would result in migrants not being able to seek asylum wherever they enter the border, and they might be required to walk numerous more kilometres through the forests, lakes, and swamps stretching the EU and NATO's eastern rim.
Rights groups have already criticised the anti-immigration government in Poland for responding to more arrivals by sending police, border guards, and troops en masse to try to escape the border, as well as failing to provide adequate humanitarian aid and shelter in freezing conditions.
The sources reported that national authorities would have up to four weeks to register asylum applications from people who made it to their homeland rather than a maximum of 10 days planned in EU regulations.
They'd be allowed to keep registered asylum seekers for up to 16 weeks on their side of the border while looking at their protection request while denying them the right to be held in more suitable locales outside of the nation.
The Commission would require only basic reception conditions such as food and water, medical care, and assistance for most vulnerable people, which were lower requirements than usual and not including education, among other things.
It would also allow for rapid deportation of failed asylum seekers in another technique of limiting extra protections for those seeking to enter Europe.
The Basic Standards: