Poland To Check Vehicles Crossing Slovak Border

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The Polish government will introduce checks on vehicles crossing the border from Slovakia, the prime minister said.

Report says the checks come as measures to stem the flow of immigrants.

The ruling nationalist Law and Justice, PiS party has made migration a central issue in its campaign to win a third term in office in October. 15 election, and it has included questions on the topic in a referendum which will run alongside the vote.

Meanwhile, Slovakia has been struggling with a surge in illegal migrants. The number of illegal migrants detained in Slovakia has increased nine-fold from a year ago to more than 27,000 so far this year, according to the country’s interior ministry.

“I instructed the interior minister to introduce controls there on minibuses, vans, cars, buses where there is a suspicion that there are illegal immigrants there,” Mateusz Morawiecki told an election rally.

A spokesperson for the Slovak foreign ministry did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Morawiecki was speaking shortly after government spokesperson, Piotr Muller said Warsaw was considering tightening controls on the border but that no decision had been taken as it wanted to consult with its partners.

“We do not want to surprise them with this decision, but we do not make this decision dependent on the consent of another country,” Muller said.

Report says Morawiecki also hit back at German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who on Saturday called on the Polish government to clarify allegations about a cash-for-visas scheme for migrants that has roiled Polish politics.

Morawiecki said that Scholz’s words could be a preparation for closing the border with Poland.

“You’d be better informing yourself about the actual situation and not interfering in Polish affairs,” he said, adressing Scholz.

Muller had said that the government does not rule out also strengthening controls on the border with Germany.

 

REUTERS/Christopher Ojilere

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