Germany tightens border controls with the Czech Republic and Poland. To prevent more migrants from entering the country, Germany announced on Wednesday that it will increase police patrols along “smuggling routes” along its borders with Poland and the Czech Republic.
The new measures will be implemented promptly, according to Interior Minister Nancy Faeser.
The announcement was made a day after more than 100 Syrian nationals were discovered during police raids in Germany in connection with a smuggling organization. Faeser did not specify how many additional border police officers would be deployed. Still, he emphasized that no permanent border checks would be erected, as Germany has done since 2015 along its border with Austria.
Germany would need to notify the European Commission before implementing such controls. On Wednesday, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner posted on X, formerly Twitter, that his ministry would support the enhanced border control with additional customs officers.
He wrote, “Border controls must be strengthened to prevent smuggling and illegal immigration.”
“To ensure a speedy conclusion, I have decided that 500 customs agents will support this urgent mission.”
Minister of the Interior Faeser stated that new checks would be conducted closely with Poland and the Czech Republic. They will be in addition to the mobile police patrols inspecting vehicles crossing the frontier and pedestrians attempting to enter Germany.
Faeser stated, “We must end the cruel trade of smugglers who put human lives at risk for maximum profit.”Numerous asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, and other nations have been attempting to enter Germany.
Cities and towns throughout Europe’s largest country have warned about the influx of newcomers, stating that they are running out of space to accommodate them and provide school places.
More than 220,000 individuals have applied for asylum in Germany from January to August.
Approximately 240,000 individuals applied for asylum in 2022. These figures are still far from 2015 and 2016 when over one million migrants sought asylum in Germany.
However, Germany has also taken in over one million Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s brutal invasion of their country. Faeser stated that approximately 25 percent of all migrants who reach Germany do so with the assistance of smugglers via dangerous routes across the Mediterranean Sea and through forests along the Balkans route.
Typically, they pay thousands of dollars to travel to Germany.
According to some experts, smugglers exist only because there are no secure and legal routes for individuals from certain countries to claim asylum or enter the EU.
Even procuring a visa to enter the bloc can take time, with high costs, lengthy delays, and a high rejection rate.
When migrants are stopped at the German border because they lack valid entry documents, they can still request asylum and enter the country.
Faeser stated, “We want to prevent smugglers’ evasive movements through flexible and mobile checks at varying locations.”
“At the same time, we ensure that the controls have as little impact as possible on people, commuters, and commerce in everyday life.”
Faeser also noted, “For a significant reduction of irregular migration, a joint European asylum system remains the decisive step.”
This would necessitate stringent monitoring of the EU’s external border to prevent migrants from entering central member states like Germany.