Bavaria Aims To Introduce Stricter Border Control

Markus Söder (Photo: Josef A. Preiselbauer / Pixabay)

In the fight against unregulated migration to Germany, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder is calling for stricter border controls. “All countries with external borders should follow our example with border police – and the federal government should also increase its border controls,” the leader of the centre-right Christian Social Union (CSU) party told German weekly Bild am Sonntag. The border security measures already introduced in the area have proven to be effective with around 80 000 wanted persons caught, “including human traffickers, drug dealers and other serious criminals.”

There are no stationary checks on people at borders in the Schengen area, which includes 26 European countries. In recent years, however, member states have taken advantage of an exemption and in some cases reintroduced border control.

Germany has been carrying out checks at its border with Austria in Bavaria since fall 2015, after tens of thousands of refugees and other migrants made their way from Greece to Western Europe via the Balkan route. Only Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) can order and extend such controls, not individual federal states.


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