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Slovakia boost border controls amid migrant crisis: Czech minister

AFP , Monday 14 Sep 2015
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Slovakia is boosting border controls along frontiers with Austria and Hungary, its interior ministry said Monday, a day after EU neighbour the Czech Republic ramped up controls along its border with Austria.

"Following the announcement by Germany that it was temporarily introducing border controls at the borders with Austria, Slovakia has begun temporary border controls on border crossings with Hungary and Austria," Slovak interior ministry spokesperson Michaela Paulenova said in a statement.

"In connection with the emergency situation and the migratory flow, Slovak police strengthened its presence on the borders by 220 officers compared to standard operations," she said, adding that controls were also being ramped up on "the green border (forests and rural areas) at selected locations."

"The situation is constantly monitored and coordinated with police forces in Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic."

Unlike EU neighbours Austria and Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have seen few refugees and migrants seeking to transit through their territories to Germany in recent months.

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