Slovakia will once again extend the temporary border controls on the Slovak-Hungarian border that were introduced in early October. The extension, justified by the need to curb illegal migration, will be valid for one month, until December 23.
Slovakia introduced temporary border controls at the Slovak-Hungarian border on October 5. The decision comes a day after the Czech Republic, Austria, and Poland introduced a similar measure at their borders with Slovakia.
According to the government in Bratislava, the aim of the border controls will continue to be to reduce the number of illegal migrants entering the country and to filter out potential threats to public order and state security. As in the past, checks will be carried out along the entire border.
According to the Slovak Interior Ministry, the border controls introduced in October are “living up to expectations,” as the number of illegal migrants attempting to cross the border and being apprehended has decreased. According to Slovak officials, the number of illegal migrants entering Slovakia via the Western Balkan transit route has already reached 46,000 this year, compared to 5,000 in the whole of last year.
Via MTI; Featured Photo: Facebook/Polícia Slovenskej republiky