World According to the Frontex agency, 66,000 Russians would have entered the European Union last week

20:30  27 september  2022
20:30  27 september  2022 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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 © Ouest-France-Thierry Creux on the border between Latvia and Belarus, near the city of Daugavpils, 120 trucks were pending Wednesday, September 21, 2022 to return to the Latvian side, while the cars of individuals were passing by drops. Many young Russians try to flee their country after the announcement of a partial mobilization for the army, decided by Vladimir Putin. They will find closed frontiers if they try to join Latvia.

Des voitures font la queue pour passer la frontière entre la Russie et la Finlande au poste de contrôle frontalier de Vaalimaa à Virolahti, en Finlande, le 23 septembre 2022. © Lehtikuva / Via Reuters of cars line up to pass the border between Russia and Finland at the Vaalimaa border control station In Virolahti, Finland, September 23, 2022.

The European Front-Kids and Coast Guard Agency Frontex published this Tuesday, September 27, a report on the number of people of Russian nationality having crossed the Union border European. Between September 19 and 25, there would be 66,000. An increase of 30% compared to the previous week.

According to the European border guard and coast guard agency Frontex, 66,000 Russians have crossed a border of the European Union, between September 19 and 25, 2022. The largest transit points are the Estonian borders and Finnish, explains the agency in a statement published this Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

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30,000 Russians have spent the Finnish border in the last four days

"After the announcement of the partial mobilization of Russia, the neighboring member states of the EU noted an increase in the number of border crossings. During last week, nearly 66,000 Russian citizens entered the EU, more than 30 % compared to the previous week, she said in her press release. In the last four days, 30,000 Russian citizens have arrived in Finland.

An increase in illegal entrances expected

Frontex estimates that illegal border crossings are likely to increase if the

Russia decides to close the border to potential conscripts . On September 19, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia introduced restrictions on the entry of Russian citizens traveling only for tourism or leisure purposes. Similar restrictions are also envisaged in Finland.

Figures not taking into account the Georgian and Turkish borders

since the start of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, more than 1,303,000 Russian citizens have entered the European Union by its land borders. At the same time, more than 1,273,000 Russian citizens returned to Russia by its land borders with the EU. These figures do not take into account non-European borders, such as that of Georgia or Turkey, where many Russians were trying to pass.

Should Europe provide refuge for Russians fleeing mobilisation? .
While Europe is united against the invasion of Ukraine, it is divided over the challenges of accommodating Russians.Flights and land transport to and from Russia have been banned, and EU nations have imposed stricter and costlier visa systems, making it harder to enter.

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