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 The Czech Republic is temporarily reintroducing border checks with Slovakia in order to dissuade migrants entering the country illegally The Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced this after a Cabinet meeting late on Monday evening He stressed that for the vast majority of migrants the Czech Republic was only a transit country on their way to Western Europe The checks on people would begin on Thursday and were expected to last for at least 10 days Up to 500 police officers and 60 customs officers would be stationed at 27 former border crossings but would also check the green border Since the beginning of the year almost 12 000 so called transit migrants who declared different countries of destination had been recorded in the Czech Republic Most of them were said to be Syrians according to official data In addition to the report 125 suspected smugglers had been arrested A spokeswoman for the Slovakian Interior Ministry demanded that the checks be discussed at the EU level Both states belonged to the border control free Schengen area The border between the Czech Republic and Slovakia is about 250 kilometres long The two countries formed a common state Czechoslovakia until their peaceful partition on Jan 1 1993 NewsSourceCredit NAN
Czech Republic reintroduces border checks with Slovakia

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is temporarily reintroducing border checks with Slovakia in order to dissuade migrants entering the country illegally.

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Prime Minister

The Prime Minister, Petr Fiala, announced this after  a Cabinet meeting late on Monday evening.

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Czech Republic

He stressed that for the vast majority of migrants, the Czech Republic was only a transit country on their way to Western Europe.

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The checks on people would begin on Thursday and were expected to last for at least 10 days.

Up to 500 police officers and 60 customs officers would be stationed at 27 former border crossings, but would also check the green border.

Czech Republic

Since the beginning of the year, almost 12,000 so-called transit migrants who declared different countries of destination had  been recorded in the Czech Republic.

Most of them were said to be Syrians, according to official data.

In addition to the report, 125 suspected smugglers had  been arrested.

Slovakian Interior Ministry

A spokeswoman for the Slovakian Interior Ministry demanded that the checks be discussed at the EU level.

Both states belonged to the border control-free Schengen area.

Czech Republic and Slovakia

The border between the Czech Republic and Slovakia is about 250 kilometres long.

The two countries formed a common state, Czechoslovakia, until their peaceful partition on Jan. 1, 1993.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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