The Polish president has declared a state of emergency in areas close to the country’s border with Belarus due to illegal migrants, APA reports citing The First News.
The announcement was made by the president's spokesman Blazej Spychalski on Thursday afternoon after Andrzej Duda had signed an ordinance to this effect.
The President's decision must still be approved by parliament.
The state of emergency will be introduced for a 30-day period in parts of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces, in eastern Poland.
The immediate reason for the move is the crisis caused by the plight of around 30 Middle Eastern migrants who have been trapped for the past three weeks on the Polish-Belarusian border after being refused entry by Poland.