Bavaria strengthens border controls with Austria

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Bavaria is stepping up controls in the area near the Czech Republic and Austria border. In August, the riot police will support the Bavarian border police with additional units, “especially for dragnet controls,” Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) said in Munich on Friday. To this end, up to 50 riot police officers would be assigned to the border police weekly for focal point checks.

“A main focus will be the fight against illegal migration and smuggling of migrants,” Herrmann explained. He added that the Free State had significantly strengthened the border police recently. By 2025, he said, the number of posts should further increase from the current 820 to more than a thousand.

According to the report, more smuggled groups of more than ten people have been detected at the German-Austrian border since March. The migrants are thereby smuggled into Bavaria mainly in trucks and vans.

Focal points are currently in Passau, Simbach am Inn and Burghausen. Since last October, the border police, with the support of the riot police, have intensified the dragnet in the area near the border, Herrmann emphasized.

It is a matter of “smashing the inhumane smuggling networks,” he explained. Out of pure greed for profit, people are crammed into a tiny space, he said. “This can quickly become life-threatening for those who are smuggled, especially in the high temperatures of summer,” Herrmann warned.

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