In the first three months of this year, the German police registered 19,627 people who entered Germany without the necessary permit. The newspaper Bild writes that it is almost 6,700 more than in the first quarter of last year. As a result, police unions are calling for widespread border controls.
“The only thing that would bring real relief at the moment would be extensive controls at the borders with Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and France,” the head of the federal trade union (DPolG) Heiko Teggatz told Bild. According to him, the checks should last as long as the European Union countries ensure sufficient security of the external borders of the twenty-seven countries. “Whoever lets people through without checking them or refuses to take them back is contributing to the introduction of controls at the EU’s internal borders and the abolition of free movement within the EU,” said Teggatz.
Due to the unauthorized arrival of migrants from the Czech Republic and Poland, the state premiers of Saxony and Bavaria are requesting the introduction of permanent border controls. Because of this, they wrote a letter to Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser before Wednesday’s conference on migration, which is being organized by Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Since autumn 2015, Germany has introduced checks on Bavaria’s borders with Austria. It did so after tens of thousands of refugees and other migrants left Greece via the Balkan route to Western Europe. But the border guards only check at random.
According to Fiala, border controls in Schengen do not solve the migration situation in the long term
According to Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS), the number of people trying to cross the border illegally is not so high that it is necessary to introduce border controls within the Schengen area. Fiala told journalists today that in the long term it is more necessary to work on stopping migration routes or adjusting the return policy.
“The numbers of illegal migrants are not so high that there is a reason to introduce such measures,” said Fiala. He reminded that the Czech Republic faced an onslaught of illegal migration last year, which it fought against, among other things, with checks on the border with Slovakia. He pointed out that since then the situation on this route has significantly improved.
“Illegal migration is a big problem for the whole of Europe,” admitted the prime minister. However, he does not see the way in isolated measures of individual states or in the introduction of general border controls within Schengen. “We need to adjust the return policy, improve checks, agree on adjusting visa requirements in third countries from where illegal migrants come to us,” he said, adding that border controls can help in the short term, but cooperation with other countries is needed to stop the routes , through which people enter the EU illegally.
Source: Zprávy – Tiscali.cz by zpravy.tiscali.cz.
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