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How Minsk became a mecca for migrants travelling as tourists

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By Charlotte Bruneau, Joanna Plucinska and Yara Abi Nader SULAIMANIYA, Iraq/HAJNOWKA, Poland (Reuters) – When Kamaran Mohammed travelled with his wife and three children to the Belarus capital Minsk last month from their home in northern Iraq, they went as tourists. They were among thousands of people provided with tourist visas in recent months with the help of travel agencies in the Middle East working in partnership with tour operators in Belarus, according to documents and witness accounts. A few days after arriving in Minsk, the family made its way to the Belarus-Poland border, joining a …

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