Immigration: Germany extends border controls with Austria and Denmark for another six months

Immigration: Germany extends border controls with Austria and Denmark for another six months

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Germany extends border controls with Austria and Denmark for another six monthsGermany is set to extend border controls with Austria and Denmark for six more months, upon the expiration of the current extension, on November 12.

The German Interior Ministry announced the move on Friday, claiming the extension is based on the argument that illegal secondary migration was still at high levels, and the external borders of the EU were still lacking proper protection.

“The conditions for lifting the internal controls still don’t exist,” the Interior Minister of Germany, Horst Seehofer claimed in a statement issued by the ministry he leads, adding that it was his duty to do whatever was in his powers to respond appropriately to the challenges of illegal migration.

The re-introducing of border controls with Austria and Denmark by Germany had been warned previously in July, at the time when Austria took over the EU Presidency.

The move is part of a deal between the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and her coalition partner CSU, which deal also foresaw sending back asylum seekers who were registered in other countries. And in case of Germany having no agreements signed with the member states where these asylum seekers were registered, to send them back at the border with Austria.

The Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz commented the issue at the time, saying that “if Germany introduces internal borders…, Austria would have to react,” refusing to give further details on the issue.

Germany initially introduced its border controls in 2015, due to the European migration crisis, when hundreds of thousands entered the country as migrants and asylum seekers via Austria. The current extension is set to expire on November 11. The new extension comes into force just a day later, on November 12.

The EU gives the right to member states to reintroduce borders in exceptional situations, for six-month periods. Currently, France, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway have reintroduced borders in the context of foreseeable events. While France’s extension expires on October 30, for the rest it expires on November 11.

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