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On Monday, the German Federal Police reported that since the beginning of the year it has registered 8,833 "illegal immigrants coming to Germany from Belarus via Poland". In the past few days, the number of refugees seeking asylum in Germany has been growing exponentially.
Germany sees a surge in migrants fleeing through Belarus
Between January and July of this year, the federal police in Germany recorded a total of only 26 cases of migrants who arrived in Germany through the so-called "green border" with Poland and earlier crossed into Poland through the forests near Belarus. However, between November 1-7 alone, German authorities already registered 992 attempts to cross the border (for comparison purposes: in August, there were 474 such cases, in September - 1903, and in October - 5285).
German police emphasize that "the German-Polish border is an internal Schengen border that can be crossed at any time and at any place." However, it also adds that it is "conducting intensified search activities near the border area" and assures that "the cooperation between the Polish border guard and the German federal police is very good and full of trust".
Germany creates better conditions for newcomers
The surge in migrants from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and other Middle Eastern countries who come to Germany through Poland is so huge that German authorities decided to open a new immigration processing center in Frankfurt near the Oder River. The facility is capable of receiving as many as 400 people every day. As Uta Schleiermacher of RBB 24 reports, "in Frankfurt's Markendorf district, officials take fingerprints or try to determine the country of origin and migration route of the asylum seekers inside a hall".
Until now, federal police have done this in tents on the grounds of the migrant center in Eisenhüttenstadt (also located in the Brandenburg region). According to the police, the conditions in the new hall in Frankfurt are much better.
German police note that many of the migrants who have arrived from Poland are often in very poor condition: they are soaked, injured, and sick. There are entire families who have lost contact with each other while fleeing through the woods.
Local German TV station visits the new processing center
- For instance, on Thursday, migrant traffickers separated a family and first transported the mother and children through the forest. The father came later. All of them met in Frankfurt - Wolfgang Meier, regional manager at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, tells RBB.
According to RBB, a regional public broadcasting TV station based in Berlin, whose crew visited the center in Frankfurt (Oder), "at lunchtime, several young men lie on simple bed bunks in a lounge room, covered with thin sheets (...) while the children are playing".
The border-town center registers the migrants, and from there they are transferred to facilities located in other German states. According to RBB, about 3.5% stay in Brandenburg, while 5% go to Berlin. Only a few of them have a chance for asylum. "Yet, the situation is far from what we saw in2015. [the previous wave of mass migration- ed.] It is an orderly process" – writes a German journalist.
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