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German police unions warn that border security is almost non-existent

German police unions have warned against blatant deficiencies in border security. Several unions have testified in a Federal state parliament about problems at the frontiers.

Published: March 20, 2019, 8:39 am

    At a hearing in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, which had been requested by the AfD party, representatives of the Union of Police (GdP), the Federal German Detective Agency (BDK) and the German police union demanded personnel and technical improvements, solutions to illegal entry and combating burglary and drug crime, Die Welt reported.

    “Border protection is currently almost non-existent,” complained GdP board member Arnd Krummen. His assessment was staggering admission: “We are as wide open as a barn door.” GdP called for “effective, modern border management at the internal borders” since European external border control has not been functioning effectively.

    According to Krummen, there are currently 400 ways to enter and leave Germany undisturbed. In 160 cases, these are highways, federal states, county roads and railways, which are difficult to control.

    In the case of illegal immigration, there is a “displacement from the relatively strong southern border to the very open western border with its numerous anonymous border crossing opportunities,” said BDK’s Federal President Thomas Mischke.

    In the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, every fifth doctor in hospitals is already a foreigner. Of the 5 500 hospital doctors currently have 1 120 no German passport, reports the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung.

    Thus, many medical professionals come from Romania (132) or Syria (113). According to the newspaper, the proportion of foreign doctors will increase in the future. This year alone, entrance exams for doctors from abroad have risen as never before.

    Without foreign doctors, staff shortages will not be resolved, according to the Medical Association of the state. “We have to be happy that we have them,” said Medical Association President Simone Heinemann-Meerz. “Without them, it would look bad.”

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