December 8, 2023

Immigration: German authorities refuse to receive immigrants in Switzerland

Federal Police

German authorities are deporting migrants – on Swiss soil

The Federal Police prevents more and more illegal entries into Germany on Swiss territory. Why does this work? How effective is the measure?


Federal police officers from the Weil am Rhein police station check trains heading from Switzerland to Germany. They want to prevent illegal entry there. (icon image)

Images by Imago / Gottfried Chiploch

  • The Badischer Bahnhof in Basel has become a popular starting point for illegal entry into Germany.

  • The German Federal Police still prevents such entry into Swiss territory.

  • Legally, this is possible due to a bilateral agreement, but the procedure is not very effective.

Germany faces increasing numbers of immigrants. This year, more than 92,000 people have already registered Crossing the border illegally He wanted to flee to Germany. The federal government is under pressure to take effective countermeasures. Federal Minister Nancy Weisser ordered the resumption of fixed identity checks at the borders with Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Poland. This has been the case since October 16, 2023.

See also  Asylum policy - Denmark wants to set up asylum centers abroad - News

New point of contact

The organization “Welt am Sonntag” accompanied police officers during patrols from the Badischer Bahnhof in Basel. There they board the train to Hamburg and keep an eye out for suspicious people.

The newspaper reported that the border with Switzerland has become a new hotspot for migration in addition to the eastern border. “The goal is to prevent unauthorized access before it happens.” According to the Federal Police, this has already happened more than 7,000 times in Badischer Bahnhof this year.

Why are German authorities allowed to search Switzerland?

The fact that the Federal Police are also allowed to conduct searches on Swiss territory dates back to one such search that took place in the 1960s. The signed agreement Checks are allowed in some areas. If German officials arrest immigrants in this country, they can refuse them entry into Germany. On the other hand, if they are caught at the border, they must be let in.

What happens after the examination?

After a thorough examination in an office, the so-called “processing line”, the people who have been stopped are released and returned to the station. It is unclear what the Swiss authorities will do next. There is no report from the German side about attempted unauthorized entry, and there is no ban on returning to Germany.

“According to current legal opinion, the criminal offense of attempted unauthorized entry has not yet been met as long as those affected are on Swiss territory,” explains Katharina Kessler, spokeswoman for the Weil am Rhein police station. “A return ban will not be imposed because people have not They will not enter the country yet.”

See also  Monster Hurricane - The extent of Ida's destruction becomes visible

This approach, a lack of police personnel, and the many train and tram lines to Germany mean that some migrants are still able to cross the border repeatedly. According to Alexander Thrum, the Union faction’s domestic policy spokesman, the controls on Swiss territory will have a “certain deterrent” effect.

With daily update, you can stay up to date with your favorite topics and never miss any news about current global events.
Get the most important things, short and concise, straight to your inbox every day.