Polish authorities say they have arrested a record number of migrants coming through Belarus in recent days, according to reports.
The migration surge comes as thousands of aliens hailing mostly from the Middle East and Africa have been pouring into neighboring Lithuania amid deteriorating relations between Minsk and the European Union.
At least 349 illegal migrants have been detained by the Polish Border Guard since Friday, the agency revealed in a statement.
A group of 85 migrants was reportedly intercepted in the Kuźnica border sector on Saturday.
"Border Guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska said the numbers of migrants detained since Friday were a record," Reuters reports.
"This year the Podlasie Branch of the Border Guard, which works on the border with Belarus, has detained 871 illegal immigrants."
Just 122 migrants were captured crossing the Belarus-Poland border in all of 2020.
Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania have all requested assistance from E.U. institutions in mitigating an explosion of illegal migration via Belarus.
More than 4,000 migrants, many of whom are Iraqis, have entered Lithuania so far this year - up from just 81 in 2020.
Lithuanian officials say a steady stream of migrants are arriving aboard flights to Minsk and have accused the Belarusian government of helping them travel onwards to destinations inside the E.U.
The substantial uptick in migrant traffic came after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to allow aliens and drugs to flood Europe amid fraying diplomatic ties with the E.U. earlier this year.
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