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    German States Call for Reinstatement of Border Controls with Poland and Czech Republic Due to Increase in Illegal Immigration

    Two German states, Brandenburg and Saxony, are demanding the reinstatement of border controls with Poland and the Czech Republic due to a significant increase in the number of illegal immigrants entering Germany through the eastern border.

    Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called a meeting on Wednesday at 2:00 PM to discuss illegal immigration. The talks are expected to include a “hard version” – restoring controls on all of Germany’s borders, according to the “Bild” newspaper.

    The number of illegal border crossings into Germany from the east has risen sharply in recent months.

    In March, the police reported 800 such cases in Brandenburg and Berlin, compared to 605 in the same month last year, according to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” newspaper.

    This also applied to other sections of the Polish-German border and to a much lesser extent to the German-Czech border. In March alone, 1,556 migrants crossed the eastern border into Germany without permission, according to the newspaper.

    On Sunday, it was announced that the interior ministers of Brandenburg and Saxony are demanding the introduction of stationary controls at the border with Poland and the Czech Republic.

    Michael Stuebgen and Armin Schuster sent a letter to the Federal Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, ahead of Wednesday’s summit on refugees, scheduled for 2:00 PM in Berlin.

    The possibility of restoring controls on all of Germany’s borders will also be discussed during the meeting, according to the “Bild” newspaper.


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