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Czech government extends Slovak border checks by 20 days

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Czech government extends Slovak border checks by 20 days
Czech government extends Slovak border checks by 20 days   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">PRAGUE</span> – The Czech government extended its checks on the border with European Union neighbour Slovakia by another 20 days, seeking to control a spike in the flow of illegal migrants, Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Czech police started checks on the 252-km (157 mile) border on Sept. 29, initially for 10 days.</p> <p>Before the checks, the central European country had detained around 12,000 illegal migrants in 2022, a 12-fold increase from a year ago.</p> <p>The vast majority have been Syrians, mostly coming from Turkey, the government has said. They mainly continue to Germany and elsewhere. </p> <p>Slovakia has criticised the Czech border checks as being against the principles of the border check-free Schengen area within the EU.</p> <p/> </div>