German authorities are going to set up stationary checkpoints to combat human smuggling at their borders.
German Interior Minister Nancy Feather said this in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio station, DW reports.
According to her, preparations for the opening of border crossing points are ongoing in close cooperation with neighboring states. She expects that after the Czech Republic has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the German Federal Police, Poland will do the same.
"This is the first time we are preparing to open stationary border crossing points. We are talking about introducing additional control. We will see what it will do," Fezer said.
She added that these checkpoints need to have enough staff to avoid queues and prevent people from crossing the border elsewhere.
"If we can catch the smugglers, it will help a lot, because we now have the impression that every fourth or fifth person is sneaking into Germany with the help of smugglers," Feather said.
At the same time, the minister believes that the introduction of stationary checkpoints is not enough, as she says that only pan-European solutions will be effective and efficient, namely border control on the EU's external borders, not internal ones.
Author - Olena Madiak, 26/09/2023