- Hans Weber
- June 5, 2023
Czech Republic to End Internal Border Controls With Slovakia on Sunday
The Czech Republic will no longer continue with internal border controls at its border with Slovakia starting February 5, after four months of checks. The border controls were implemented in September 2022 to prevent illegal migration to Germany via the Czech Republic.
The country’s Ministry of the Interior reported a 1,200% increase in illegal migrants from January to September 2022, with over 11,000 migrants detected by the police, mostly from Syria. The ministry now claims that the numbers have decreased considerably, leading to the removal of border checks.
Meanwhile, Austria also has border controls with Slovakia in place to prevent migrants from reaching Austria and using it as a transit country. Despite these measures, the number of migrants reaching Austria in 2022 has exceeded the 2015 figures. Data shows that 108,781 asylum applications were filed in Austria in 2022, with 41,000 of them leaving to travel to other EU countries.
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