Monday, December 7, 2015

Islamic invasion of Europe update (December 7, 2015)

Germany's interior minister says that 965,000 people were registered as asylum-seekers in the country from January through the end of November.

The figure given by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Monday puts the total number of new arrivals this year above the total of 800,000 he forecast for 2015 in August. He said he won't give a new full-year forecast.

De Maiziere said the actual number of new arrivals through the end of November is below 965,000 because of people who registered more than once or continued to other countries, but he can't say how much lower.

Austria has started building a fence that will stretch along a small part of the border with Slovenia.

Officials say the less than 4-kilometer (2.4-mile) barrier on both sides of the Spielfeld crossing point south of the city of Graz is not meant to prevent migrants from entering Austria, but instead to regulate their crossing.

Work on the chain-link fence began Monday, with completion planned by Christmas.

A Polish official says that the country will continue to upgrade surveillance methods to prevent an influx of migrants.

Border guards spokeswoman Agnieszka Golias said Monday that a system of watchtowers is being developed, and that hundreds of personnel could be quickly added to around 8,000 guards patrolling Poland's borders.

Golias also said that state-of-the art surveillance planes, drones, night vision equipment and SUVs were bought in recent years to help patrol the borders.

Polish border authorities believe that a new migrant wave may begin in the spring.

Golias told The Associated Press that "the situation in Europe is showing us how to streamline our efforts to be more effective."