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23 Nov 2016

CIS experts to discuss ways to counteract illegal migration in Minsk

MINSK, 23 November (BelTA) – A session of the commission of the states parties to the CIS agreement on cooperation in combating illegal migration will take place at premises of the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk on 24 November, representatives of the Belarusian Interior Ministry told BelTA.

Participants of the session are expected to discuss the establishment and operation of special temporary holding facilities for foreign citizens, who are supposed to stay in such facilities until their legal status is determined. Participants of the session are also expected to discuss the development of bilateral agreements on readmission and the practice of implementation of the agreements that have been signed already. Experience of combating illegal migration at the legislative and practical levels will be shared. Results of the joint projects and special operations implemented to suppress illegal migration will be discussed.

Apart from that, the agenda will include cooperation in the course of administrative expulsion and deportation as well as the deportation of illegal migrants. Ways to identify foreign citizens and stateless persons, who have no personal identification documents, will be discussed.

For the sake of improving the legal base of cooperation plans have been made to discuss a draft CIS resolution on personal identification, citizenship confirmation, and the procedure of issuing documents stipulating the right to return to the country of permanent residence. At the end of the meeting participants of the session will analyze progress in implementing the CIS program on cooperation in counteracting illegal migration in 2015-2019. The draft schedule for the commission’s work in 2017 and the next session’s agenda will be discussed as well.

In H1 2016 foreign citizens entered Belarus over 4.7 million times, up from over 2 million times in H1 2015. They mainly stayed in the country for private affairs and business, tourism, and transit travel via Belarus. In 2016 Belarusian law enforcement agencies detected five organized groups of illegal migrants with the total number of 16 people, including eight citizens of Vietnam, two people from Morocco, Guinea, and India each, one from Lebanon, and one from Iran. As many as 167 crimes of entering the country before the entry ban expired were investigated. As many as 24 crimes relating to the organization of illegal migration were investigated.

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