According to a media report, unauthorized entries into Germany have fallen sharply. Interior Minister Faeser initiated stationary border controls with Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland in October.
According to a newspaper report, illegal immigration to Germany has fallen significantly following the expansion of stationary border controls. “Welt am Sonntag” reported in advance that an evaluation from the Federal Police showed that fewer than 300 unauthorized entries are now detected across the country every day.
In the 30 days before the new controls were introduced at the borders with Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland in mid-October there were still around 700 per day. In this period before October 16th, a total of 18,492 illegal entries were registered at the borders to the three countries and to Austria – where controls have been in place for some time. In the period after that there were 11,029, a decrease of 40.4 percent, the newspaper reported.
Decrease of 56 percent on the border with Poland
The numbers in the Polish section fell particularly sharply: from 6,411 to 2,795 cases – a decline of 56 percent. “With the notified border controls, even our expectations are exceeded, significantly,” said Saxony’s Interior Minister Armin Schuster (CDU) to “Welt am Sonntag”. He had been demanding inpatient checks for a long time.
According to “Welt am Sonntag”, the federal police attribute the current declines to several causes and also mention “measures by the Serbian security authorities on the border with Hungary”. These have led to a “significant decrease in unauthorized border crossings into Hungary”, which has an impact on “illegal migration, later on to Germany”, the newspaper quotes the Federal Police as saying.
Checks extended several times
In view of the significantly increased number of refugees, Federal Interior Minister Faeser notified the EU Commission of stationary border controls with Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland in October and has since extended them several times. Such measures are not actually planned in the Schengen area. Faeser had also previously rejected her. Since the refugee crisis of 2015/2016, stationary controls in Germany have only been carried out at the borders with Austria.
From the beginning of January to the end of September, 233,744 people in Germany applied for asylum for the first time, around 73 percent more than in the same period last year. Many municipalities see themselves at the limit when it comes to accommodation, care and integration of refugees – also because more than a million war refugees from Ukraine have come to Germany since the Russian war of aggression began in February 2022. They do not have to apply for asylum.