Title: Germany Introduces Temporary Border Controls to Curb Influx of Asylum Seekers
Germany’s Interior Minister, Nancy Faeser, is set to announce temporary border controls at the country’s borders with Poland and the Czech Republic. The move comes in an effort to address the increasing number of asylum seekers entering Germany. These controls, which will be implemented in the next few days, will target selected border crossings.
According to official statistics, Germany has experienced a 77% surge in asylum applications in the first eight months of 2023, compared to the same period last year. This surge has put pressure on German leaders, including Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is taking a tougher stance on migration ahead of state elections in Bavaria and Hesse.
Chancellor Scholz has linked the border crisis to an alleged visas-for-bribes scandal involving Poland’s anti-immigrant government. He has demanded that the Polish government clarify recent accusations of visa corruption, leading to tension between Germany and Poland. In response, Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice party has taken offense to the suggestion that the border crisis and the visa corruption scandal are connected. There are speculations that Warsaw might consider “sealing” the border with Germany to discourage migrants from attempting to enter Poland.
While the Czech Republic has announced its cooperation with Germany on the border checks, no agreement has been reached with Poland. The imposition of spot checks could potentially escalate tensions between the two countries.
The German government’s decision to tighten border controls is also driven by a decline in poll numbers for the center-left Social Democratic Party. As a result, German politicians are adopting a more stringent approach to migration.
By implementing spot checks on border crossings frequently used by human traffickers, Germany can bypass the EU’s one-month notification requirement before introducing border controls in the Schengen area. This enables them to swiftly address the influx of asylum seekers while ensuring the safety and security of their borders.
These temporary border controls aim to curb the inflow of asylum seekers and address the rising concerns among the German population. However, the move is not without controversy, as it could potentially strain relationships with neighboring countries. The impact of the border checks and their effectiveness in resolving the asylum seeker crisis remains to be seen.