Number of illegal migrants doubles at Czech airports

Illegally entry by plane is more difficult than by other means

Prague, June 26 (ČTK) — The Czech police detained 100 illegal migrants at Czech international airports in the first five months of the year, which is 42 more than in the same period of 2014, Jan Kučera, foreigner police deputy director, told the Czech News Agency today.

He said some of them traveled aboard planes from Turkey or Greece.

Most of the people are detained at the Prague airport that also receives the highest number of flights.

Kučera ascribed the increase in the number of illegal immigrants to the current wave of refugees from Africa coming to Europe.

He said travelling by plane is much more complicated for them because they must undergo border and security checks.

Kučera said some of them use altered travel documents.

Last year, the airport police registered 181 illegal crossings of the Schengen border at Czech international airports and this year, the number will probably increase, Kučera said.

The international airports in the Czech Republic are in Prague, Pardubice, east Bohemia, Ostrava, north Moravia, Karlovy Vary, west Bohemia, and Brno.

Last year, around 5.5 million people crossed the border via them, which was 12.5 percent more than in 2013.

The foreigner police detained 2,418 foreigners staying illegally on Czech territory in the first five months of the year, which was an increase of 712 from 2014.

There were more citizens of Kosovo, Syria and Afghanistan who were detained in attempting to illegally cross to Germany. Last year, 60 people were detained, this year there were 448 of them.

With regard to the current migration wave, the police have stepped up checks on trains and roads. The number of exposed illegal migrants rose about three times in the past two weeks compared with the usual situation.

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