2,000 new arrivals since Germany launched border controls Sunday: police

15th September 2015, Comments 0 comments

German police said Tuesday they had registered about 2,000 new migrants and arrested over 40 traffickers in the southern state of Bavaria since border controls were reintroduced late Sunday to slow a record wave of asylum-seekers.

"The federal police on the first day after the reintroduction of border controls registered about 2,000 irregular migrants and arrested 43 smugglers in Bavaria state," police said in a statement.

A record wave of people fleeing war and misery have headed to Europe in the largest refugee wave since World War II, with by far the largest number going to the top economy Germany, which expects up to one million arrivals this year.

Overwhelmed by the flood of migrants, Germany late Sunday imposed road and rail border checks, with a special focus on its southern frontier with Austria, a transit country for refugees who have crossed through the Balkan states and Hungary.

© 2015 AFP

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