Lithuania has started building a wire fence on the border with Belarus in an effort to stem irregular migration that officials say is being facilitated by Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.
Military personnel will build the barrier and "the border guards are not involved", said Giedrius Misutis, spokesman for the State Border Guard Service (VSAT), adding that the first part of the fence will be built near Druskininkai, southern Lithuania.
The Druskininkai border guard station is where the majority of migrants have been detained – 512 out of over 1,546 so far this year.
Last week, the Lithuanian government declared a state-level emergency over irregular migration, saying that the Minsk regime is complicit in facilitating the crossings. Earlier military representatives confirmed to BNS that the so-called concertina wire would be used for fencing.
Most people arriving in Lithuania are from Iraq.