Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2021

In Osteuropa 8-9/2021

“The Law is Being Adapted to Inhumane Practices”
A Discussion about the EU’s Eastern Border and the Right to Asylum

Ansgar Gilster

Deutsche Fassung


In June 2021, Lithuania registered an increasing number of people entering the country from Belarus over its lightly guarded frontier border. A few weeks later, this happened again on the Polish-Belarusian border. There, too, people from Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan tried to reach the EU by slipping through the forests. Poland has sealed off the border with a large police and military force and wants to build an insurmountable barrier. Lithuania and Latvia are also opting for sealing themselves off to the east – and the European Union is supporting them. A discussion about asylum law, humanity, and the scale of the crisis.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2021, pp. 53–60)