In a recent interview for Kultura Liberalna, Landecker Fellow Katarzyna Słubik talks about the current developments at the Polish-Belarusian border. Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan last month, there has been an extensive amount of refugees seeking safety in Europe.
Bringing rising tensions amongst European leaders, Poland and Belarus have been caught in an escalating diplomatic conflict. This comes after a group of thirty Afghan migrants were left stranded at the Polish-Belarusian border. Refusing to take in asylum seekers, Poland has imposed a state of emergency on its border with plans to build a new fence. Across the frontier, President Lukashenko has denounced Warsaw for provoking a border dispute and violating Belarusian state border.
Developing on the ongoing migration crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border, Katarzyna also answers more informative questions within the interview.
These are some of the questions she addresses:
- How do we know if someone is a migrant or a refugee? Do we find out during the procedure after submitting the application?
- How long does it take to process my application? And what happens if it is accepted?
- Can I travel to another EU country during this time? And if the application is rejected, what then?
- What changes in the policy on the eastern border would you expect from Polish institutions?
You can read the full article here in Polish.
To find out more, you can also listen to Katarzyna on two podcast episodes here in Polish.
Katarzyna is one of thirty Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.