‘Germany to continue border control till November’

Berlin, Oct 13 (IANS) Germany will continue to control its borders til November to deal with the refugee crisis sweeping Europe, a media report said on Tuesday.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Monday informed the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitres Avramopoulos that the controls at the German frontiers would be extended by another 20 days till November 1, Xinhua news agency reported.

Because of the “still uncontrollably immense and almost uninterrupted influx of third-country citizens” and the “need to maintain the security and order”, it is necessary to continue this action, said the letter.

The Aegean sea is still the main route of refugees, German police said.

More than 200,000 asylum seekers came to Germany in September.

In order to limit the refugees influx, Germany reinstated temporarily border control at internal borders, de Maiziere said in September.

According to German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, up to a million refugees may arrive in Germany in 2015, a figure bigger than the official estimates of 800,000 asylum applications.

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