Seehofer wants to stop illegal immigration from Belarus

Seehofer wants to stop illegal immigration from Belarus

aGiven the increasing number of refugees en route to Germany via Belarus and Poland, the federal government is examining further steps. “This is a situation that we are closely monitoring,” government spokesman Stefan Seibert said in Berlin on Monday. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) will present “options of action” to cabinet on Wednesday. Seibert referred, among other things, to the “enhanced veil discovery”.

“Further measures to prevent illegal migration are currently being coordinated,” said a spokesman for the federal Interior Ministry. She didn’t want to give details. According to him, about 4,500 people have crossed the Polish-German border without entry permits since August.

Given the situation, the Federal Police Union had previously called for temporary border controls to react to the situation. Seibert clarified that the original stance of the federal government, which has not yet provided for border closures in the European Schengen area, has not changed.

Seibert also pointed out that the situation at the Polish-German border “in no way” could be compared to the situation during the refugee crisis of 2015. However, a government spokesman insisted that the federal government should respond to specific incidents at the border. A spokesman for Interior Minister Seehofer said earlier that ministers wanted to propose the measures at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The federal government and the governments of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland also accuse Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of bringing migrants and refugees from distressed areas to the EU’s outer borders in an organized manner. Lukashenko announced in late May that Minsk would no longer stop migrants from continuing to travel to the European Union – in response to stringent Western sanctions against his country.

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