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Germany May Soon Reintroduce Border Checks With SwitzerlandMaintaining controls at its national borders will be a priority for Germany as soon as it gets the EU Presidency, the Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer pledged only this week.

According to Seehofer, securing an EU-wide asylum police is at least equally important as the bloc’s plan to fight the climate change.

“I intend for us to make security a central tenet of the German presidency, I have a lot of appreciation for the Green Deal and I also agree with it — but a common, European asylum policy is at least equally important for Europe’s future,” Minister Seehofer pledged on the first day of the European Police Congress in Berlin, which is the largest conference for internal security in the EU, held at the beginning of each year.

Apart from the border controls, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he actually wants the entire migration policy back on the table, as he criticized the current asylum policies of the block as they require asylum-seekers to be sent back to the EU countries where they were first registered under the Dublin Regulation.

“We do not even get a response to our letters from most of these states,” he said.

Minister Seehofer also called on the EU to boost the workforce of the EU border agency Frontex, while at the same time praising Germany’s tighter border controls.

According to him, the current plans to increase the number of Frontex staff to 10,000 by 2027 should be placed at a nearer date as 2027 is “a terribly far-away date.”

As many as 1,362 individuals have tried to enter Germany illegally from Austria alone in November and the first half of December 2019, statistics on “The Berlin Spectator ” show.

This is about the number of illegal aliens caught within Germany during this period of time. At the borders to Germany’s other eight neighbors, 2,400 persons have been stopped from entering during those 90 days.

Germany intends to make these plans functionable once it takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union again, for the first time in 13 years, on July 1st, of 2020.

In attempt to reduce prevent further deaths and to reduce the number of people entering the block, the EU has sat the “EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa” (EUTF) and earmarked 4.3 billion euros (status February 14, 2018) to flight “the root causes of irregular migration”.

These numbers show that stopping migrants is equally important as changing  the underlying causes of migration.

Currently, among all 26 Schengen countries, only Austria, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway carry internal border checks.

The main reason for that are the terrorist threats and organized crime.

The countries that currently have reintroduced of border controls are;

  • Norway (12 November 2019 – 12 May 2020)
  • Sweden (12 November 2019 – 12 May 2020)
  • Denmark (12 November 2019 – 12 May 2020)
  • Germany (12 November 2019 – 12 May 2020)
  • Austria (12 November 2019 – 12 May 2020)
  • France (31 October 2019 – 30 April 2020)