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Is Belarus using migrants to put pressure on the EU?

Hundreds of migrants and refugees trying to reach the European Union are trapped on the Belarus-Poland border.

Thousands of migrants and refugees are stuck along the border between Belarus and Poland, a member of the European Union.

Neither country wants to take them in, leaving them in limbo as temperatures drop before the European winter.

European officials have accused Belarus of using migrants and refugees as retaliation for EU sanctions against the government of Alexander Lukashenko.

So, who should be responsible for resolving this crisis?

And could this be a sign that the EU’s migration policy is failing?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Viktor Olevich – Lead expert, Center for Actual Politics

Liliana Smiech – Director of analysis, Warsaw Institute

Pieter Cleppe – Editor, BrusselsReport.EU and EU policy analyst