top of page

Construction of a new border wall at the Białowieża forest

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

Have you ever thought about how many terrible repercussions a border fence or #wall can have? A barbed wire is already in place at the Polish-Belarusian border in #Poland to prevent #asylumseekers from reaching the country and asking for asylum. This fence not only reinforces the unwelcome attitudes towards #refugees and asylum seekers but also poses a threat to the people living in the area, and the nature surrounding it.

According to the Polish Border Guards, the construction of a new fence will begin in the #Białowieża Forest region and does not include preserving the nature of this unique place. This forest is one of the last and most significant parts of the immense #primaeval forest stretching across the #European Plain. Unfortunately, the law concerning border fence construction does not include nature-preserving legal records.

Aside from endangering the environment, the construction of a border fence may further endanger the lives of refugees and asylum seekers trying to enter Poland via Belarus. The border fence will cause vulnerable individuals fleeing violence in war-torn countries to be exposed to hardships. It would drive them to seek more remote and inaccessible routes, such as crossing through the river, leading to inevitable deaths.

Constructing a physical barrier at the border represents a purposeful denial of asylum access. Many of the refugees at the PL-BL border come from #Afghanistan. They cannot return due to violence. Not only that but, for many, remaining on the Belarusian side means guaranteed #deportation. According to the principle of non-refoulment, asylum seekers cannot be sent to a place where they might be persecuted. By building the border fence, Poland will thus indirectly contribute to further #humanrights violations.

Residents of that area appeal to minimalise the adverse and irreparable effects caused to nature and plan the construction in a way that won’t damage the Białowieża Forest. Share the #appeal and help the border area inhabitants save nature when the border fence construction is irrevocable!

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Here you can read the summary of an article published in OKO.pressThis story concerns Josephine, Manuel, and their two children from Congo. First, they went to study in Rostov in Russia, then moved to

bottom of page