Illegal migration across the Balkans is increasing – Serbian police find weapons

21 Sep 2022 5:43 p.m

Several federal states have already announced a freeze on the admission of new refugees. In view of the massive increase in the number of new migrants, Saxony is now warning of an even more dramatic situation. Now the so-called Balkan route is back in the focus of German politicians.

According to the Serbian refugee commissariat, more than 60,000 migrants stayed in the country from January to August 2022. Many of them may have left Serbia in the meantime, because according to official figures, only around 6,300 are currently being accommodated in the country’s reception centers. According to estimates by the responsible authorities from August this year, another 2,500 are likely to be living in the country, but outside of the government-run shelters.

Serbia is considered one of the most important stations on the stages of the so-called Balkan route. As early as August, the Serbian refugee commissariat warned that there was a significant increase. According to this, the number of people who are cared for in the reception centers has increased by more than 67 percent compared to the same period in 2021. According to official data, around 2,900 Ukrainian citizens have come to Serbia so far, but almost all of them are finding private accommodation. Only around 80 Ukrainian citizens live in the official accommodation of the state, the rest are mainly refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Syria.

Although Budapest has had a fence built around 150 kilometers long and four meters high along the entire border between Hungary and Serbia, which is also equipped with surveillance cameras, many refugees are trying to get to Western Europe via Hungary. The overland route via the neighboring countries of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia is another possible and popular route.

Now there are also warnings from Germany about increasing migration pressure. Saxony’s Minister of the Interior, Armin Schuster, had picture-Zeitung explains that the immigration of asylum seekers via the Balkan route and the Czech Republic has increased significantly. In addition to tens of thousands of refugees from Ukraine who have found refuge in Saxony in recent months, the number of migrants from other parts of the world is also increasing again. According to this, Saxony would currently count around 900 illegal migrants across the border in one week, who then apply for asylum in the federal state. At the beginning of August there were a little more than 300 people in one week.

Migration lobby in the Chancellery

Schuster recently spoke in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) also about the fact that recently the number of refugees would “really gallop”. Most would come to Saxony by train from Prague or by motorway from the Czech Republic or Poland. The vast majority are from Syria, but there are also people from Afghanistan, Venezuela or Turkey. In June, the police counted 1,000 illegal immigrants, but in August the number had risen to 2,000. Since September there have been around 100 illegal entries every day, primarily by train, Schuster told the FAZ. In the picturenewspaper, the Saxon Interior Minister appealed to the Federal Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, a few days later:

“The federal government must now talk to the Schengen partners about the security of the external border as quickly as possible.”

At the same time, the CDU politician called for “voluntary admission programs” to be stopped. In addition to Saxony, Bavaria is also massively affected by the increase in the number of migrants, it says FAZ– Report further. According to the Bavarian Minister of the Interior, Joachim Herrmann, an average of 5,600 people came to Bavaria every month in May, June and July. That has “to do with the war in Ukraine, but also with the refugee movements from Syria and Afghanistan,” Herrmann is quoted as saying.

The Federal Minister of the Interior, Faeser, then yesterday also expressed her concerns about the increased movement of refugees via the Balkan route. According to the SPD politician, one sees “increased migration via the Czech Republic, via Austria – also to Germany”. Opposite the transmitter world tv the minister said that the airport in the Serbian capital plays a role in this. Accordingly, migrants would travel by plane to Belgrade and from there to the EU. Faeser announced that he wanted to hold talks with Serbia “why migration has suddenly increased”.

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