Germany Prolongs Border Controls With EU States Until November 13 – Reports

© REUTERS / Hannibal HanschkeMigrants queue in the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGESO) as they wait to register in Berlin, Germany, October 12, 2015
Migrants queue in the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGESO) as they wait to register in Berlin, Germany, October 12, 2015 - Sputnik International
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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere notified the European Commission on Wednesday that his country would keep border controls in place for at least two more weeks, a Commission spokeswoman said, as cited by the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In a letter to the EU executive body, the German minister said that border controls would remain in place until November 13 and could be "extended for another three months," if the migrant crisis did not significantly ease by that time.

Refugees and migrants walk on a road as they leave Sentilj, Slovenia, on their way to cross the Slovenian-Austrian border on October 23, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Germany reintroduced border checks with Austria and the Czech Republic – both members of the EU borderless Schengen Area – on September 13. Large crowds of migrants gathering at German borders prompted Berlin to prolong emergency restrictions until October 31.

Germany expects at least 800,000 refugees, primarily from Syria and Afghanistan, to seek asylum status in the country by the end of the year, although German media has made reports of numbers as high as 1.5 million claims.

Under current Schengen rules, an EU member country is allowed to restrict entry only temporarily. Free travel within the bloc is a fundamental principle of the European Union.

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