Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland seeks to strengthen borders with new technology among illegal immigrants

WARSAW—Poland plans to fortify its border with a system of motion sensors and cameras, modeling it on the Greek border with Turkey, its interior minister said in remarks published on Monday, as it crosses a border with Belarus. Faces large illegal immigrant influx.

In August, Poland began building a barbed wire fence along its border with Belarus to curb illegal border crossings despite criticism that some immigrants were being treated inhumanely. The new additions will strengthen border controls as part of the permanent barrier.

Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said in an interview with the Polish right-wing magazine Sisi, “We are building a perimeter – a system of motion sensors with thermal cameras – that shows quickly and accurately where people gather.” are happening.”

He added that a political decision was made to ensure proper funding for the initiative and the establishment of the new border would be similar to that on the Greco-Turkish border, with inspiration also drawn from Hungary and Serbia.

Greece is testing a high-tech, automated surveillance system on its land border with Turkey in the northeast region of Avros that was completed in August and officials expect will be implemented by the end of the year. It consists of cameras, drones, motion sensors and radar providing information to the two border surveillance towers.

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Poland, the largest eastern member of the European Union and one of Europe’s largest border guard services, has for some time sought to invest in new technology for better border monitoring.

When it comes to illegal immigrants entering Poland from Belarus and not providing adequate shelter and support for those already in Poland, this has been called illegal pushback by many NGOs.

Hungary, which has also faced widespread criticism over its treatment of illegal immigrants, uses a barrier – a fence of steel-reinforced wire – equipped with heat sensors, cameras, floodlights and loudspeakers that sound blazing in multiple languages.

The country was a major crossing point for hundreds of thousands of people trekking in Europe at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015.

By Joanna Pluchinska, Karolina Tagaris and Krzysztina Than

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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