- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Czech Republic Imposes Border Controls with Slovakia in Response to Increased Migration
The Czech Republic has announced the implementation of border controls with Slovakia in response to a surge in migration. Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) and Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) have emphasized that these controls will be conducted randomly, covering the entire length of the border between the two countries.
Prime Minister Fiala underscored the increasing numbers of illegal migrants entering the European Union and the seriousness with which the Czech Republic is addressing the issue. He stated, “We take this issue seriously and respond swiftly. Through these controls, we will be able to ensure our citizens’ safety better.” Fiala also emphasized the government’s commitment to combating human trafficking and the exploitation of human suffering.
The Ministry of the Interior announced that random police controls along the entire Czech-Slovak border would commence from midnight on Wednesday. Initially, approximately 130 police officers will be involved in conducting these controls. The ministry further proposed extending these measures for ten days, until October 13, as part of a coordinated approach with neighboring countries. The decision to continue or modify these measures will depend on the evolving situation.
Minister Rakušan explained that these random controls at the Slovak borders aim to effectively combat smuggling networks. He emphasized that these measures are temporary and being implemented in close coordination with Poland to minimize disruptions to cross-border traffic.
Last year, permanent border controls were instituted at the Czech-Slovak borders due to an influx of migrants. These measures were lifted at the beginning of February.
Slovak Prime Minister Ľudovít Ódor commented on the Czech Republic and Poland’s introduction of controls, emphasizing the need for a European solution to address migration. He cautioned that individual actions by member states could trigger a cascading effect and stressed the importance of coordinated efforts within the European Union.
Article by Prague Forum