23 Iraqi migrants, among them children, detected at the border between Poland and Germany, have been stopped by the German police.
In addition, Germany’s police officers have stressed that two of the arrested persons on suspicion of people smuggling were citizens of Syria, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to German broadcaster MDR, the van carrying migrants has been stopped on the B115 route.
Controls on the border between Germany and Poland have increased after more migrants have been reaching Poland from Belarus in order to arrive in Germany.
In addition, on October 31, another 15 migrants were detected in a vehicle by Ebersbach, as reported by MDR, while the origin of the migrants was still unclear.
Recently, Germany’s Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer, has stressed that hundreds of police officers are currently protecting the German-Poland border after receiving an influx of migrants from Belarus.
Seehofer pointed out that “hundreds of officers are on duty day and night” while stressing that “if necessary, I am ready to reinforce them even further.”
“I am convinced, in the spirit of the European idea, that we must know who is coming to us. Therefore, it is legitimate that we protect the external border in such a way that undetected border crossings are prevented,” Seehofer has pointed out during an interview published in Bild am Sonntag.
Due to the recent increase in the number of migrants, Poland, as well as Lithuania and Latvia, have declared states of emergency at their shared border with Belarus.
In this regard, recently, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that during the second day of the summit of the European Union leaders, held in Brussels, the EU leaders threw accusations towards Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of causing turmoil within the zone.
In addition, it was reported that the number of persons who attempted to cross the border between Poland and Belarus in an unlawful way marked a significant increase during the second week of October. During the same period, a total of 700 people attempted to cross the Poland-Belarus border only during one day.
Authorities in Hungary have also reported an increase in the number of persons who are attempting to reach this country illegally. According to authorities in the Central European territory, the illegal border crossing attempts, on average per day in Hungary, is 319 compared to 97, registered during the same period one year earlier.
In order to help manage the current influx of migrants, the Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Gulyás, called on the authorities in the EU to help them cover at least one part of the country’s border fence.