Austrian: Because of the wave of migration, the Czech Republic will station more police officers on the border with Slovakia

Austrian: Because of the wave of migration, the Czech Republic will station more police officers on the border with Slovakia
Austrian: Because of the wave of migration, the Czech Republic will station more police officers on the border with Slovakia

Due to the strong migratory pressure, there will be more police patrols and more intensive controls at the border with Slovakia, Interior Minister Vít Rakušan (STAN) said at a briefing in Brno after a bilateral meeting with his Slovak colleague Roman Mikulec. He did not say when exactly the measure will come into effect.

Due to the measure, several dozen police officers from the mission in Macedonia will return to the Czech Republic, but the Czechs will not leave the mission completely. The strengthening of border protection will be coordinated by the Czechs and Slovaks with the Hungarians, Austrians and Germans due to the fact that in recent months Europe has been facing strong migratory pressure, especially from Syrian refugees.

“The (migration) wave is stronger than in 2015, when the migration crisis was at its peak. We catch hundreds of migrants in the Czech Republic every day, but thousands of Austrians, for example,” said the Austrian. He also stated that the Czechia, like Slovakia, is a transit country for migrants and they head mainly to Germany or Austria, where they try to reunite their families.

Reinforced patrols are to control both the green border and also continue thorough random checks at border crossings.

However, he mentioned with Mikulec the problem with Turkey, which does not block the flow of refugees to Europe in any way. According to the Austrian, there is therefore a need to deal intensively with the Turks as well. In the past, following an agreement with the EU, Turkey did not let migrants in for some time.

“The European Commission needs to be much more active in implementing readmission agreements (on the readmission of illegally staying persons) with third countries. We are already facing secondary migration, when refugees reach Europe. We must solve the problem more intensively where it arises,” Mikulec said.

Both said there is no simple solution to the problem and there is no national solution as the problem spills over from state to state. “We also want to find a solution by strengthening the function of (EU border agency) Frontex in our part of Europe. We are trying to avoid reintroducing border controls. We value the existence of the Schengen area,” said the Austrian.

Because of this, two registration centers were created, where refugees’ biometric data is taken and they are identified. “They get an exit order that they have to leave the Czechia within 30 days, they usually head to Germany. If Germany applies the readmission agreement, we deal with it,” said the Austrian.

According to the Austrian, it is important that refugees are under as much control as possible and that there is an overview of their movements once they reach the Czech Republic. “According to police director Martin Vondrášek, crime has not increased in any of the regions, which is important,” said Rakušan.

At the beginning of September, the head of the German Police Union (DPolG) Heiko Teggatz called on the Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser to restore the permanent guarding of the border with the Czech Republic due to the worsening migration situation. However, a spokeswoman for the German Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that Germany is not considering resuming permanent checks at the border with the Czech Republic, but does not rule out more frequent random checks due to migrants.

German police unions state that in June of this year, the federal police recorded 2,000 cases of illegal crossing of the border from the Czech Republic to Germany, and that this was an increase of 140 percent in a year-on-year comparison. In August, there were already 3,000 cases, just on the Saxon-Czech border.

The article is in Czech

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