The majority of Poles believe that the state of emergency declared in regions bordering Belarus should be extended till the problem of illegal migration on the border has been stopped, a new poll shows.
The number of people trying to cross into Poland from Belarus in recent weeks has increased. Poland and the Baltic States have accused the Belarusian government of pushing migrants across their borders in an effort to destabilise both them and the EU as part of a “hybrid war.”
In all, 52.6 percent of the poll’s respondents said the state of emergency should be continued in order to solve all the problems related to the situation, according to the IBRiS survey published by the daily newspaper “Rzeczpospolita” on Monday.
Over 36 percent stated that it should be lifted “as soon as possible,” while 11.1 percent did not have an opinion.
A 30-day state of emergency has been in force in parts of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces adjacent to Poland's border with Belarus due to increased migratory pressure since September 2, .
About 5,000 illegal border-crossing attempts have been recorded on the Polish-Belarusian frontier since the beginning of September .
According to an unofficial source quoted by the daily, the state of emergency will be extended till December.
IBRiS ran the survey on a representative sample of 1,100 adult Poles on September 24 and 25, using the CATI (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview) method.