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Germany Sends Additional Staff to Patrol Border With Switzerland

© AP Photo / Marius BeckerA policeman stops cars on highway 44 at a checkpoint in the Aachen, Germany
A policeman stops cars on highway 44 at a checkpoint in the Aachen, Germany - Sputnik International
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Swiss Finance Minister Ulrich Maurer said that Germany deployed about 90 border guards and 40 federal police officers in recent weeks to the border with Switzerland.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The German authorities have tightened control over borders with Switzerland, sending there additional border guards and police officers, Swiss Finance Minister Ulrich Maurer said Sunday.

"[Germany] has deployed about 90 border guards and 40 federal police officers in recent weeks to the border [with Switzerland]," Maurer said, as quoted by the Neue Zuercher Zeitung newspaper.

According to Maurer, it seems that Germany "moved away" from its welcoming attitude toward migrants.

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Europe is struggling to find a solution to a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa in order to reach stable and wealthy European countries, such as Germany and Sweden.

EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014. Of these, more than 1 million net arrivals streamed into Germany, according to the German Federal Statistical Office.

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