Signs the EU-Belarus migrant crisis may be easing

Hundreds of Iraqis, who had camped for weeks in freezing conditions on the European Union's doorstep, now flying back to Iraq...

... organized by Baghdad, and one of several signs that the crisis between the EU and Belarus over thousands of migrants stuck on their border could finally be easing.

On Thursday the Polish government confirmed that Belarus authorities have cleared the two main camps migrants have been staying in on their border, and are housing them in nearby warehouses.

And not a moment too soon. This man from Iraq is telling us he tried to go to Lithuania with his friends but security forces on both sides of the border treated them very badly.

Another Iraqi told us his wife won't go back to Europe, because she saw too many "horrors" on the border.

One humanitarian group told Reuters that a man and woman it found had told them their one-year-old died in the forest.

The Belarus government says it will agree to fly back 5,000 of the migrants back to their home countries, but only if they agree to go voluntarily.

They won't force anyone, they say, and they want the European Union to take 2,000 migrants on their side.

It's not clear if the EU will agree. A spokesperson for Belarus President Lukashenko says he had discussed the proposal with German Chancellor Merkel, but the EU has previously said there would be no negotiation with him.

And, although some migrants are agreeing to go home, others are still making fresh attempts to cross the heavily-guarded border.

Meanwhile, Belarus media are reporting its government is no longer allowing citizens from several war-torn or troubled countries to board flights for Belarus from Uzbekistan.

It includes Afghans, Iraqis, and Syrians.

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