January 29, 2019

Germany: 14,000 Illegal Immigrants Crossed Border on Buses and Trains

In 2018, German police detained more than 14,000 persons who entered the country illegally on buses and trains, Rheinische Post reports with reference to the internal documents of the police. 

According to the agency, around 8,000 migrants entered Germany on buses and more than 6,000 on trains. The majority of migrants were from Afghanistan, Nigeria, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. 

Nearly 6,000 entered Germany on buses and trains from Austria, on the border with the biggest number of illegal crossings. The next biggest number of illegal crossings were on the border with France and Switzerland. 

German police prohibited entry only to illegal immigrants who crossed the Austria-Germany border. 

Passport checks on buses will be more difficult after the European Court of Justice ruled that the membership of Germany in the Schengen area prohibits bus companies to check passengers’ IDs.