Germany extends stationary checks at the borders with Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland for another 20 days. Interior Minister Nancy Faeser informed the European Commission about this on Tuesday.
Data from the German Ministry of the Interior show that federal police have been at the border during checks since October 16 German about 90 smugglers.
– The package of stationary and mobile border services measures we have used is important for limiting illegal migration to Germany – explained the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Nancy Faeser. She added that the Ministry of the Interior, headed by her, “remains in close contact with neighboring countries” so that the measures taken on both sides of the border “cooperate as best as possible.”
– We continue to attach particular importance to ensuring that inspections have the least possible impact on the everyday lives of commuters, travelers and entrepreneurs – said the minister.
Faeser informed the European Commission on Tuesday about the extension of border controls.
Inspections from October 16
Faeser announced on October 16 the introduction of border controls at the borders with Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland initially for 10 days, and then the inspection was extended for another 20 days. The minister justified the need to continue border controls by fighting immigration and smuggling crime.
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, since the beginning of the introduced controls, German police have detected approximately 6,900 unauthorized crossings at three land borders, in addition, “approximately 2,800 actions have been taken to prevent unauthorized entry and end unauthorized stay,” dpa learned.
Faeser also stated that she would like to return to a state where there is no need for border controls as soon as possible. Since autumn 2015 on the border of Germany and Austria stationary inspections that have been repeatedly extended are in force.
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