4,466 Illegal Migrants & 63 Smugglers Arrested By Slovakian Authorities Since September

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Slovak authorities have revealed that from September 29 to November 15, 4,466 illegal migrants who tried to enter the territory of Slovakia have been detained.

In a statement issued on November 16, the Ministry of the Interior of Slovakia also emphasised that during this period, a total of 63 smugglers were caught, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“The Ministry of the Interior, through the Police Force, has been actively responding to increased illegal migration to the so-called Balkan route. Since the introduction of border controls by the Czech Republic and Austria, patrol activity on the territory of the Slovak Republic has intensified,” the statement reads.

According to the Ministry, the Slovak police force cooperates with the Hungarian police daily, including by organising joint mixed patrols directly in Hungary and checks on trains and at the Hungarian-Serbian external border.

In addition, on Monday, November 14, 2022, during a joint meeting of the directors of the regional directorates of PZ Bratislava, Trnava, Trenčín and Žilina as also discussed the expansion of cooperation between the police forces of the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic on the common border.

The topic of discussion was also the agreement on the joint performance of the service of both countries on international trains departing for the Czech Republic. At the same time, the Slovak authorities suggested holding regular mutual meetings at the level of border commissioners, in which the measures will be further evaluated.

The directors also talked about some joint measures to increase security, especially on the D2 highway. If the measures are applied, the Slovak traffic police together with the Czech police, would monitor the situation in the territory of the Slovak Republic, in addition to control measures on trains, which have already come into force since yesterday.

Moreover, the Ministry has emphasised that in the tent camp in Kuty, great care is offered to the migrants, adding that the camp is under the supervision of the police and the armed forces, and as of November 15, there were 108 people in the tent camp.

Taking into account that in recent times Slovakia has been dealing with illegal migration, the above-mentioned measures aim to capture as many smugglers as possible and stop as many illegal immigrants as possible.

Previously, the Slovak Foreign Ministry revealed that between October 10 and 18, over 435 illegal immigrants were stopped in Slovakia. Meanwhile, the border police patrol also arrested two smugglers.

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