Germany extends border controls to October 31

Germany continues border controls until end of October after increasement in number of refugees especially from Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Cars drive past the border with Germany near Salzburg, Austria, September 13, 2015.

Berlin decided to extend its border controls up until the end of October following the refugee flow towards Germany said the interior ministry on Tuesday.

A ministry spokeswoman told AFP, Germany has stated in the European Commission that border controls which began on September 13, will continue until October 31 as "the situation at the border is such that we cannot do without them"

"We need to return to an orderly handling of refugee policy."

According to the passport-free Schengen Area of 26 European countries, they can get back the border control for 10 days and then the period can be extended up to 20 days for a maximum total of two months if they have a security threat or other conditions.

Thousands of Syrian refugees have been directing themselves towards western European countries, using a route through Greece-Macedonia-Serbia-Hungary-Austria, from east to west, forcing the 28-member bloc to face its worst refugee crisis in decades.

The southern state of Bavaria plays a key role for refugees. Because it is the main gateway for migrants who come by way of the Balkans and Austria. Therefore Horst Seehofer, Minister-President of Bavaria, has suggested establishing 'transit zones' where refugees would be controlled while their asylum applications are evaluated.

The German government expects the number of refugees to reach 800,000 to one million by the end of 2015.


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