Germany says more than 5,000 migrants arrived from Belarus in October
German police said they recorded more than 5,000 unauthorized border crossings last month by people arriving from Belarus.
This number marks a significant increase in the number of arrivals via a politically sensitive new migration route.
“Federal police registered 5,285 unauthorized entries with a link to Belarus in the month of October alone,” said a declaration read.
German authorities had registered only 1,903 arrivals in September.
Police said that last weekend alone, 597 people who entered illegally from Belarus were found on the German side of the border with Poland.
Of these, 391 were Iraqi citizens while the rest were from Syria, Iran and Afghanistan, and most had Belarusian visas or entry stamps in their passports.
Other members of the European Union, Poland and Lithuania, have struggled to cope with unusually high numbers of migrants arriving at their borders with Belarus in recent months.
The EU has accused the government of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of deliberately using migrants to destabilize the bloc of 27 countries in retaliation for EU sanctions.
The outgoing German interior minister recently proposed to introduce joint German-Polish border patrols to the two countries to help crack down on illegal crossings by migrants from Belarus.
However, Berlin has said it has no plans to close the border.