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Germany may lift border controls
Members of the German federal police inspect a vehicle at the German-Belgian Lichtenbusch border crossing on motorway 44 near Aachen, Germany. File Photo: EPA/MARIUS BECKER

Germany may lift border controls

The Local/AFP · 6 Apr 2016, 07:51

Published: 06 Apr 2016 07:51 GMT+02:00

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"We would not extend the border controls beyond May 12 if the numbers remain this low," he told Austrian national broadcaster ORF, referring to a recent drop in arrivals following the closure of the main Balkan migrant trail.

De Maiziere made the comments following a meeting of interior ministers from German-speaking countries in the Austrian capital.

The controls on the Austrian border were introduced last September when more than 10,000 migrants and refugees were arriving in Germany on a daily basis.

A majority of them were fleeing war and violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Many had undertaken a dangerous sea journey from Turkey to Greece, before trekking up the western Balkans in their bid to reach northern EU nations.

Germany let in a record 1.1 million migrants last year as the continent grapples with its worst migration crisis since World War II.

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But de Maiziere said the number of asylum-seekers has taken a plunge following border clampdowns by Austria and other countries along the Balkan route in February.

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