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The eastern front of the EU recently witnessed floods of migrants from West Asia congregate on the border of Poland and Belarus, and risks seeing more elsewhere. With the threat of conflict reaching a critical point as Russia and Ukraine see the tension rise, the risk of a wave of further migrants is becoming ever more real.
Recent statements by numerous officials, including Britain’s George Galloway stated that should conflict start between Russia and Ukraine, millions of refugees will seek a path into Europe to avoid the warzone.
In an attempt to assist the European Union with border management, Britain has stepped up.
The UK is sending a “small number” of troops to Lithuania to help it with the migrant crisis on its border with Belarus, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The MoD tweeted: “In the spirit of solidarity, the UK will send a small number of military personnel to support Lithuania with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
“This deployment will help enhance Lithuania’s ability to address pressures along its border with Belarus.”
British troops will be deployed to protect EU borders
Migration will increase should a conflict break out between Russia and Ukraine
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The UK and Lithuania have shared concerns about Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s border and the unfolding migrant crisis on Lithuania’s border with Belarus.
“I have now directed the bilateral deployment of a small number of military personnel to address these border issues.”
Britain previously sent troops and advisors to the Poland / Belarus border in a bid to de-escalate the previous threat.
Last week, Britain announced it would send further resources to a NATO base in Estonia in a bid to assist the region, and fellow alliance members as the situation in Ukraine continues.
The news was announced by the British ambassador to Estonia.
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Huge numbers of migrants were recently seen on the Poland / Belarus border
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The United Kingdom has taken over command of the enhanced presence battlegroup based in Tapas, Estonia.
There are currently around 850 British troops in the group.
Britain usually rotates its battle group soldiers every six months, in March and September.
This time it is planned the new battle group will arrive a little earlier, but the outgoing group will leave a little later.
This means there will be two rotations in Estonia at the same time, bringing the number of British troops to almost 1,700.
The top diplomat, Ross Allen based in Tallinn said: “Our plan is that the first soldiers will arrive this month – in February.
“We have soldiers in Germany and they are preparing now.
“And they are about 850 soldiers – as a battle group we already have in Estonia.”
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On a wider scale, the EU continues to deal with an influx of migrants coming from war-torn areas in West Asia.
With Turkey being a major logistical bridge into Europe, the EU’s migrant policy, currently limited to providing financial support to Turkey, is not sustainable, a recent report said Sunday, underlining the need for a strategic partnership.
The report prepared by the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS) of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) noted there has been a change in the “security concept” of states after the Cold War and pointed out in the recent period, uncontrolled migration movements have started to be seen as one of the biggest challenges, especially by Western states.
Europe has managed to keep the refugee crisis outside its borders in a sense but is not sustainable, experts pointed out the EU’s policy, in which it was content to provide only financial resources to Turkey, “has come to an end.”
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Britain saw records numbers of migrants arrive in 2021
The Southern border of the bloc has also seen major numbers of arrival coming into Europe.
At least 120,441 people arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean by land and sea in 2021, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
At least 1,839 people are estimated to be dead or missing, according to the same data.
Last year, Britain saw records numbers of migrants crossing the Channel and claiming asylum in Britain.
More than 28,300 people made the treacherous journey in 2021 – triple the number for the year before, according to figures from the Home Office.
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