The Czechia is becoming a migration route within the European Union, and not an insignificant one

The Czechia is becoming a migration route within the European Union, and not an insignificant one
The Czechia is becoming a migration route within the European Union, and not an insignificant one

Madam President, thank you for your word that I will get to the line at 14.40, I didn’t even expect it, it’s a pleasant surprise for me.

On my written application, I called the new point Government information on the current state of illegal migration in the Czech Republic. And I’m only asking for the inclusion of this new point, I’m not going to ask for a fixed inclusion, which I’ll comment on now.

I already spoke about this issue during the vote of no confidence in the government. Of course, I understand that we were negotiating and it was already 6 in the morning. However, other colleagues responded to me, and a debate was sparked. I was expecting at least some reaction from the Minister of the Interior, at least something – the Minister of the Interior was not at the vote, he is not here even today and is silent. I think that this is the worst possible option, and I would like to ask the government coalition, in its own interest, to try to do the opposite of what it is doing this time, to let it fester and when the problem is huge, then start solving it. If we now make an agreement within the Chamber of Deputies, we will find time within this meeting, we will say that it will last an hour, and the Minister of the Interior, who probably simply does not have time for this, because he does not have time for the daily work, he is always dealing with some scandals, he would at least inform us about what is happening and whether what is being spread among people is or is not true, so that the situation can be calmed down in time. Don’t do it like you do it all the time.

I am a member of parliament for the Zlín region, and citizens have repeatedly come to my office with concerns about what is happening on the Slovak-Czech border, that Syrian refugees and migrants are really moving in the forest, that the police are present there, helicopters are flying over, there is simply increased movement of people. And the situation is escalating. Because last Monday, a person was with me and he said that they are no longer in the forest, and that they are already walking normally on the roads, that it happens to him that he is driving along the road and meets four migrants. That the situation is gradating and becoming more complicated is also illustrated by the fact that, starting today, a center has been opened at the police school in Holešov, where these migrants are concentrated and where their papers are processed in some way, to put it very simply.

I would like to ask the Minister of the Interior what the situation really is, if it is true that about 50 of them are caught a day. If I only took the 50 a day, that’s 1,500 plus or minus a month. And everyone agrees that this is only the tip of the iceberg. And now the question is what happens to them after that. Because the police will detain them, they will find out that they came from Slovakia, they have no documents, Hungary and Slovakia let them go without further ado and in our country they will get the first confirmation within the territory of the European Union. They can only detain them for 3 days. It is true that they will then put them on a train to Slovakia, but nothing prevents them from getting off again at the next stop and trying again.

So we have two types of refugees, one that goes unnoticed – and that’s the majority – and then some part that the police detain, they try, they do what they can, but they have to release them and they try again, to the Federal Republic of Germany most often. But it is true that the Federal Republic of Germany, when it detains them on its territory, discovers that actually the entry papers, if I put it so simply again, are from the Czech Republic and returns them to us at the Czech border, and this ping pong repeats itself even several times. Does this sound like a normal system to you? Does this sound like a normal systemic solution within the European Union? Definitely not for me. I have information – I’m asking again – it’s true that the smuggling gangs recruit them in Serbia, they pass through Hungary and Slovakia without any problems, and actually the first place where they are caught is here.

I don’t want to cause any panic, I contacted the governor of Zlín, he confirmed to me that he knows about this situation, because several mayors of municipalities have written to him. Subsequently, he turned to the regional director of the police and was indeed informed that, as I am telling you, this is the reality of the Zlín Region. I’m not making this up. And now the question is, what will happen to it? How is any communication with Slovakia actually ensured? Because the only chance to manage it is together with the Slovak side. So I thank the minister for being here (the Austrian minister came to the hall), he will probably answer us. I say we can handle it with civilized debate here in the House of Commons. But the Slovak police turn their eyes away rather than solve the matter. For example, the minister will tell us, then how is it with staffing, budgetary provision, financial provision, how does the new center in Holešov work now?

The governor told me that so far there is zero crime associated with the wave of migration, that is excellent news, I would also like to say that, at least as far as I know. However, those persons have been moving here for an unknown number of days, unknown where and how. And when they are sent back, they don’t return anyway, and they are allegedly repeatedly returned from the Federal Republic of Germany. And the smuggler tells them: Either they will catch you, then they will put you on a bus and take you even closer to the German border to a detention facility, so the Czech government will make you a taxi for free, or if they don’t catch you, then get on the train and go there and there.

So, at the moment, the Czechia is becoming a migration route within the European Union, probably not an insignificant migration route. I don’t want to put a dog’s head on anyone, but that route simply did not exist for us. Those migrants didn’t go. And I don’t know if it is in the interest of the European Union for those people to come here unchecked and en masse. Yes, their destination country is Germany, but Germany, when they catch them there, returns them to us. And how long will Germany be their target country and Germany will not react? And they move within the territory of the European Union and we are a member country of the European Union. And in the end, whatever problem appears with them, it will eventually appear with us.

And I have the feeling that the problem has not been solved for a long time. That is why I propose this extraordinary point, I do not propose its fixed inclusion. I would ask the chairmen of the caucuses and the minister if, within the tight, I understand it, tight program of this meeting, they would not find a time slot of one hour when we would briefly comment on this, when we would hear those answers, because the problem will not go away on its own . Thank you. (Applause of deputies YES.)

The article is in Czech

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