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Czech gov’t extends Slovak border checks till Dec 12

The Czech government has extended checks on its border with European Union neighbour Slovakia until December 12 as it seeks to slow the flow of illegal migrants, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Czech police started checks on the 252 km border on September 29, initially supposed to last for 10 days. The checks were subsequently extended to this Friday.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala had originally stated the checks were to be extended until November 12.

Slovakia has criticised the checks as being against the principles of the EU’s open-border Schengen area, to which both countries belong.

Before launching the checks, the Czech Republic had detained around 12,000 illegal migrants since the start of 2022, sharply up from around 1,000 in the whole of last year.

A majority of the migrants were Syrians, arriving mainly from Turkey, the government has said. Most intended to continue their journey to Germany or other western EU member states.

As of Thursday, the police had identified nearly 5,500 illegal migrants thanks to the checks, CTK news agency reported.

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