Poland seeks to bolster border with new tech amid migrant inflow

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WARSAW, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Poland plans to strengthen its border with a system of movement sensors and cameras, modelling it on the Greek border with Turkey, its inside minister stated in feedback printed on Monday, because it faces a big migrant inflow from Belarus.

In August, Poland started constructing a barbed wire fence alongside its border with Belarus to curb unlawful border crossings regardless of criticism that some migrants had been being handled inhumanely. The new additions would strengthen border management as a part of a everlasting barrier.

“We are building a perimeter – a system of motion sensors with thermal cameras – that immediately and precisely show where people are gathering,” Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski stated in an interview with Polish right-wing journal Sieci.

He added {that a} political determination had been made to make sure acceptable funding for the initiative and that the brand new border arrange will probably be just like that on the Greek-Turkish border, with inspiration additionally drawn from Hungary and Serbia.

Greece is trialing a high-tech, automated surveillance system on its land border with Turkey within the northeastern area of Evros that was accomplished in August and authorities anticipate will probably be in drive on the finish of the 12 months. It consists of cameras, drones, movement sensors and radar offering data to 2 border surveillance towers.

Poland, which is the European Union’s largest jap member and has one among Europe’s largest border guard companies, has for a while sought to put money into new know-how to higher monitor the border.

It has confronted criticism for what many NGOs name unlawful pushbacks in relation to migrants coming into Poland from Belarus and for not offering ample shelter and help for these already in Poland.

Hungary, which has additionally confronted broad criticism over its remedy of migrants, makes use of a barrier – a fence of wire strengthened with metal – armed with warmth sensors, cameras, floodlights and loudspeakers that blare in a number of languages.

The nation was a number one crossing level for lots of of 1000’s of individuals trekking into Europe on the top of the migrant disaster in 2015.

Reporting by Joanna Plucinska in Warsaw, Karolina Tagaris in Athens and Krisztina Than in Budapest, Editing by William Maclean

A view of a vehicle next to a fence built by Polish soldiers on the border between Poland and Belarus near the village of Nomiki, Poland August 26, 2021. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo