Immigration police to restart flying brigades on Schengen borders

Immigration police will restart random border checks for illegal immigrants from June 1, following changes in the law.

Earlier this year, the council of state said the checks were too similar to formal border controls, which have been scrapped in the Schengen open border agreement since 1985.
According to news agency ANP, last year 10 illegal immigrants a day were identified following the checks.
The new rules state that police can only check eight cross-border trains a day. Cars and lorries can be controlled for 90 hours a month – but only a percentage of passing vehicles may be stopped.
In terms of air traffic, a selection of passengers on seven flights a week from Schengen countries can be asked for their passports.

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