European Union to target firms trafficking migrants with ‘blacklist’

European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen has sharply criticized Belarus for channeling migrants to its border, saying the move is a clear effort by President Lukashenko to “destabilize the bloc.”

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU aims to create a watchlist to deter intermediaries from transporting migrants to Belarus.

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Speaking at the European Parliament, von der Leyen said Brussels would stand in solidarity with EU member states Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

She rejected the idea that there was a migrant crisis at Europe’s eastern frontier, saying instead that it was an attempt by Belarus to “destabilize the bloc.”

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