Belarus officials call for migrants from Europe to be recruited

This article is over 6 months old Anti-migrant lobby group proposes using ethnic minorities to stop ‘backlash’ against refugees from the EU Senior officials in Belarus have suggested the use of migrants from Afghanistan…

Belarus officials call for migrants from Europe to be recruited

This article is over 6 months old

Anti-migrant lobby group proposes using ethnic minorities to stop ‘backlash’ against refugees from the EU

Senior officials in Belarus have suggested the use of migrants from Afghanistan and other eastern states in order to prevent a “backlash” against refugees.

According to opposition party officials and nationalists, there are currently 150,000 Afghan nationals living in eastern Europe, with much of that in the Republic of Belarus, which is an independent nation but a member of the European Union.

Interior ministry chief Vladimir Zinovskiy backed the idea, calling on eastern European countries to take in refugees as a way of “protecting” their national sovereignty from a “westward” influence.

He urged western countries to shoulder the burden of the refugee crisis rather than refugees coming from other parts of the world.

“Just like the population of several other European states are of Ukrainian ethnicity, there are a few hundred ethnic Ukrainians in the Republic of Belarus. It is already a burden on our country,” Zinovskiy said in a press conference on Sunday.

“It would be beneficial for us if some of the country’s Albanian, Romanians, Bulgarians and Ukrainians could use their experience in managing their lands and land (to provide the continent) with safe and friendly immigrants,” he added.

Citizens of the countries in question have been recruited by anti-migrant lobbies around Europe which call for restrictions on immigration from African and Asian countries.

“We should take (the migrants) as hostages because their political character is most important to the rightwing populists that are against immigration,” nationalist MP Andrey Plekhanov said.

Plekhanov, whose far-right Civic Union party has doubled its influence in the wake of last year’s annexation of Crimea and Ukraine’s “anti-terrorist operation” on separatists in the east, also called for the compulsory deportation of 12,000 Bulgarian men.

“It can be that these millions of immigrants stir up a flood of fascist, Nazis, rightwing revolutionary ideology,” he said.

“…there is a real risk of a backlash in other parts of Europe, Belarus and Russia,” he added.

Plekhanov has also offered a cash bribe for every migrant deported in exchange for “expeditious naturalisation”.

He later apologised, but not before prompting a call from the Justice Ministry to set up a committee to monitor passports, identification documents and migration authorities.

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He criticised European media for spreading xenophobic and racist opinions, saying the crisis in the world’s first post-war federation is the result of “years of a western policy which does not listen to us, does not think of us and thinks of sanctions against us.”

The Observer reported in May that refugees and migrants from inside the bloc had set up a presence inside Russia in an attempt to avoid deportation and seek asylum in European countries that were not yet deemed “safe”.

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