Germany Seeking to Introduce Border Controls With Poland, Czech Republic - Minister
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Germany is preparing to strengthen controls on the borders with Poland and the Czech Republic amid the migration crisis, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said on Saturday.
"Such additional control should be accompanied by monitoring the entire border area through random inspections," Faeser said in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
Faeser also spoke out in favor of allowing German border guards to operate on Czech territory.
Last week, the German Interior Ministry announced a pause in the voluntary intake of migrants from Italy, whose Mediterranean island of Lampedusa became the epicenter of a migrant influx, due to "major challenges faced by Germany with regard to its reception and accommodation capacities."
In August, the German Office for Migration and Refugees said that the number of applications for refugee status in Germany had increased by 78.1% from January to July 2023 compared with the same period last year.