Germany steps up police patrols at Czech borders due to illegal migration

Germany is stepping up police patrols at its borders with Czechia and Poland because of illegal migration, Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser announced on Friday, the DPA news agency reported. Local police officers will be supplemented by mobile units and police will intensify so-called "hidden spot checks".

Ms. Faeser rejected demands from representatives of Saxony and Brandenburg that permanent checks be introduced at the borders Czechia and Poland, arguing that such a move was a last resort that could only be introduced in case of a serious threat to public order and internal security.

Ms. Faeser is due to meet with her Czech counterpart Vít Rakušan at the Czech-German border in Petrovice-Schwandorf on Friday to discuss the current situation.

Author: Ruth Fraňková