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Parliamentary question - E-003967/2021Parliamentary question

Illegal migration to the EU by way of flights to Belarus from Iraq

Question for written answer  E-003967/2021/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Charlie Weimers (ECR)

On 1 August 2021, Lithuania detained 287 illegal migrants, which is more than the number detained in 2018, 2019 and 2020 combined. According to the Financial Times, the vast majority were Iraqis who had flown to Minsk before heading north and entering the EU illegally[1].

The EU has established a formal agreement on migration with Iraq and continues to provide it with millions of euros in humanitarian assistance and development cooperation aid[2][3].

According to Commissioner Johansson, EU diplomats have been engaged in ‘intensive contacts’ with Iraqi officials, which she claims have been ‘more constructive than we had hoped’.

As of the first week of August, the state carrier Iraqi Airways was still offering flights from Iraq to Minsk and almost all flights from Baghdad to Minsk had been sold out for the month of August[4].

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