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October 18, 2023

Slovakia Prolongs Border Controls With Hungary Until November 3

Authorities in Slovakia have announced that temporary controls at the country’s border with Hungary will be extended until November 3, at least.

The introduction of such measures by Bratislava came as part of efforts to halt the influx of irregular migrants heading to this territory, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

At first, the controls were set to be kept in place until October 5; however, the decision for the extension of such measures was confirmed through a statement by the government of Slovakia.

Given the problem with illegal migration continues …, it is proposed to continuously extend the temporary renewal of internal border controls with Hungary from October 15 to November 3, 2023.

Slovakia’s government

The data from the government, reported by Reuters, revealed that the number of migrants reaching Slovakia during this year has marked an 11-fold increase to about 40,000. The majority of the crossings into Slovakia tend to come from states in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Afghanistan.

The reintroduction of border controls has become a practice often used among the EU countries to halt irregular migration, especially among Slovakia’s neighbouring countries.

Authorities in Austria, Poland and Czechia introduced controls on borders with Slovakia on October 4, which initially were set to remain effective for a period of ten days; however, they have been extended until at least November 2.

Frontier checks have brought positive results in managing the migration situation. Recently, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration, Maciej Wąsik, said that such measures have improved the migration situation.

Wąsik told Polskie Radio 24 that since the tightening of border checks, fewer attempts to reach Poland unlawfully have been detected by authorities in this country.

It was a relatively quiet week on the border with Slovakia. It seems that the introduction of border control itself improved the migration situation. We had a few situations that could be called so dynamic – there were two pursuit situations.

Maciej Wąsik

Recalling that irregular border crossing attempts are not a local but a European problem, he said that these people are waiting for the situation to change, or maybe they are looking for new ways.

According to the data from Slovakia’s Interior Ministry, a total of 39.688 migrants have been registered in this country since the beginning of this year, thus accounting for a surge of 15,611 detained internationals compared to the statistics from last year.