Police operating in the south-east of the country tracked down and apprehended at 15 separate locations on Thursday 106 foreign citizens who had illegally crossed the border. Police data show a surge in the number of migrants in July and August after a calmer phase ascribed to the coronacrisis.
According to a press release from the Novo Mesto Police Administration, police also apprehended two Ukrainian citizens who planned to bring six Pakistani citizens inland.
The police thanked the population on the border for notifying it of suspicions individuals and vehicles and thus helping protect the border.
Police data show an upswing in migration numbers in July and the start of August. Police dealt with 7,409 cases of illegal border crossing in the first six months of the year, which compares to 7,504 in the same period in 2019.
While a spike is seen every summer, the spring figures, at around 500 a month, were lower this year. The July figure of 2,319 is meanwhile comparable to last year’s.
Standing out among the migrants this year have been Moroccan and Pakistani citizens, accounting for half of all migrants. A notable decline was recorded for Algerian citizens.