Mariusz Kamiński and Nancy Faeser talked on Thursday about the situation on the Polish-German border. The head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration emphasized that the reports about the restoration of permanent controls at the internal Schengen border are not true. At the same time, he provided the latest information on the detention of migrants.
Mariusz Kamiński reported that on Thursday, September 28, he had a telephone conversation with the German Minister of Internal Affairs, Nancy Faeser. The conversation concerned the situation on the Polish-German border and the increasing migration pressure on the Balkan route.
“I emphasize that media reports about the alleged restoration of permanent controls at the internal Schengen border between Poland and Germany are untrue. The German side only decided to increase the intensity of service activity on its side of the border with Poland. This does not constitute the restoration of control in accordance with the applicable Schengen rules,” emphasized the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration.
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The Law and Justice politician added that “observing the increasing migration pressure on the Balkan route, among others. through Hungary, Slovakia, Poland to Germany, the government decided to introduce intensified services activities, including: Border Guard, Police and Road Transport Inspectorate on the borders with Slovakia and the Czech Republic. This means ad hoc checking of buses and other vehicles that may transport illegal migrants from this direction.
As a result of these activities, since yesterday, approximately 150 illegal migrants from the Middle East (including Syria) and Africa, trying to get to Germany, have been captured. It was also revealed that those involved in migrant smuggling had German short- and long-term residence titles (visas or residence rights).
“Today I was informed about this procedure by the German Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser. We agreed that Polish and German services will cooperate more closely in combating illegal migration. For this purpose, a special task force will be created (so-called taskforce), consisting of officers from Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany,” wrote Mariusz Kamiński in a statement.
Germany is strengthening control on the border with Poland and the Czech Republic
German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser announced on Wednesday that Germany “wants to introduce temporary border controls with Poland and the Czech Republic.” – We are in close contact with our partners from Poland and the Czech Republic so that both sides can work out cooperation through flexible and mobile inspections in various places – Faeser said at a press conference.
The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs emphasized that the German authorities “want to prevent smuggling activities and at the same time ensure that the controls have the least possible impact on border traffic.”