Warsaw, Poland: Poland will start searching vehicles that cross its border with Slovakia for “illegal immigrants”, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said Monday; Morawiecki said Poland didn’t want anyone alleging that its border was “porous”.
He has been under pressure because of reports that Polish embassies in Africa and Asia sold temporary EU work visas for thousands of dollars each.
The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is also facing criticism for not doing enough to stop irregular migration. He hinted that Poland was “waving through” people across the border into Germany.
In an effort to control the escalating issue of illegal migration, Germany is intensifying its law enforcement efforts along its borders with Poland and the Czech Republic. Berlin is taking this action in response to a substantial increase in illicit border crossings recorded since the start of 2023.
Following Ukrainian President’s controversial speech over grain deal, tensions have increased between the two allies. The Country halted its weapon supply to Ukraine, emphasizing that Poland is focusing on arming itself rather than sending it to Ukraine.
On September 18, during the 77th session of the United Nations, President Zelensky commented that any nation that didn’t support Ukraine was indirectly helping Russia. Poland also stopped accepting Ukrainian refugees following Zelensky’s statement over Grain deal.
Since February 24, 2022, Since March 2022, the Polish reception point for refugees in Warsaw has supported over 100,000 people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Now, Poland is increasing surveillance on its border, preventing illegal immigrants from entering the Polish territories. Every vehicle crossing the Polish border from Slovakia will be searched thoroughly to avoid illegal migrant trafficking.
Additionally, Germany will introduce new border controls with Poland and the Czech Republic this week, the German interior minister announced on Wednesday, saying that more should be done to protect the European Union’s fragile system of open borders.