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Lithuanian border guards have in the past 24 hours turned away 117 migrants attempting to cross into the country from Belarus illegally, the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) said on Thursday morning.
Border guards prevent 117 migrants from crossing in from Belarus
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Latvia recorded four attempts to cross the border illegally on Wednesday, and Polish border guards turned 38 irregular migrants away on Tuesday, according to the latest available information.

On Tuesday, Lithuanian border guards prevented 135 migrants from crossing in from Belarus, setting a new this year’s record. A higher number of irregular migrants attempting to cross into Lithuania was only recorded on November 12, 2021, when 144 people were prevented from entering the country’s territory.

Lithuanian border guards have sent more than 15,400 people back to Belarus since August 3, 2021, when they were given the right to deny entry to irregular migrants. The number includes repeated attempts by the same people to cross the border.

The SBGS says that illegal migration to Lithuania and the EU is being facilitated by Belarusian officials.

Almost 4,200 irregular migrants crossed into Lithuania from Belarus illegally last year.

Lithuania calls the unprecedented influx of migrants from Belarus, which began about a year ago, a "hybrid attack" by the Minsk regime.

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