From file: Police in Germany arrested 18 individuals accused of smuggling people | Photo: K.J. Hildenbrand/dpa/picture-alliance
From file: Police in Germany arrested 18 individuals accused of smuggling people | Photo: K.J. Hildenbrand/dpa/picture-alliance

German police have discovered 23 refugees from Syria in a forest near the Czech border. They were reportedly abandoned there by smugglers.

Police in the Bavarian towns of Waldmünchen and Furth im Wald on the German-Czech border discovered 23 refugees from Syria in a forest, according to federal police information from Friday (September 16). Police said they were abandoned there by smugglers.

Locals called police after they noticed the irregular migrants between Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning on four different occasions in the area around Waldmünchen and Furth im Wald. Units called to the scene apprehended groups of nine, seven, five and two Syrians.

Uptick in irregular migrant arrivals

Of those apprehended, 11 have already been deported back to the Czech Republic, federal federal police said Friday. The remaining twelve will follow, it added. All of them are under investigation for unauthorized entry into German territory. Police said they have also started an investigation into people smuggling.

According to media reports from earlier this month, Germany's federal police detected about 2,000 unauthorized entries of mostly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis in June, an increase of 140% compared to June 2021. In August, more than 3,000 people entered the country without permission at the Czech border in the state of Saxony alone, it said.

In late August, the Czech Republic held large-scale border protection training exercises to prepare for a possible arrival of a large number of migrants.

 

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