Tajikistan: Asylum Seekers Stranded in Limbo on Polish Border

People in Brest boarding a train leaving for the Polish town of Terespol. According to data provided by Poland’s Office for Foreigners, a growing number of Tajik nationals began claiming asylum in Poland toward the end of 2015, as the crackdown back home was picking up steam. Most chose the border crossing at Terespol, as it is easily accessed by train from Moscow or Minsk. (Photo: Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska)

On the 8.28 a.m. train to Terespol, a Polish town at the border with Belarus, Ali watches the barely changing landscape with indifference. This might be the twentieth time he has taken this train with his wife and three kids. Or maybe the twenty-first, he cannot quite remember.
 

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Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska is a freelance journalist covering the post-Soviet space.

Tajikistan: Asylum Seekers Stranded in Limbo on Polish Border

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