In an attempt to stop illegal migration, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser introduced the controls in mid-October. Today, she described them as functioning, as the police have since detained around 340 people smugglers with them.
“Today, I decided to continue temporary checks on our borders with Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland for three more months until mid-March 2024,” Faeser said. “Thus, the federal police can continue to flexibly carry out the entire range of stationary and mobile police measures,” she said.
Germany also carries out border controls on the border with Austria, where it already introduced this measure in 2015. The extension there now applies until May. The border with the Czech Republic is also guarded by Austria, which wants to continue guarding it until February 16, 2024.
The Federal Minister of the Interior specified that the number of illegal entries into Germany in November fell by more than 60 percent compared to October to about 7,300 cases. In October, there were over 20,000.
Controls are not widespread along the entire length of the German border, but only at selected locations. In the case of the border with the Czech Republic, the German police patrols, among other things, the highway between Prague and Dresden. Faeser has repeatedly said in the past that checks will be unnecessary once the European Union reforms its asylum law and better polices its external borders.