Germany to extend passport controls along some borders

2017-10-12 11:22
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Berlin — The German government says it will extend passport controls along some of its national borders for another six months starting in November.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says on Thursday, 12 October that the authorities will continue controls along the German-Austrian border and on flights coming in from Greece.

De Maizere says the controls will continue due to "a considerable amount of illegal migration" and the heightened security situation in Europe following several attacks in recent years.

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Germany is part of the European Schengen zone that normally allows visa-free travel without passport controls. It first introduced passport controls two years ago, when tens of thousands of migrants crossed into Germany from Austria.

De Maiziere says he has informed the country's European partners about Germany's move.

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