Czech authorities deny risk posed by those illegally crossing border into Germany
The Czech Republic has reacted to a recent statement of concern expressed by border police in the German state of Bavaria. Specifically, German police have expressed concerns that since the Czech Republic’s entry into the Schengen zone six months ago, the number of people caught entering Germany from the Czech Republic illegally has doubled. According to the Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann 633 illegal immigrants from the Czech Republic were caught in Bavaria in the first half of the year, twice as many as during the same period in 2007. However, Czech authorities have responded by stating that the situation is under control and does not pose a threat to Germany. It also pointed out that most of those caught were foreigners with Czech residency permits who were unable to travel legally and were only seeking to visit the country.