The number of immigrants entering Germany illegally via Switzerland appears to have tripled in the first two months of this year compared to 2016, Die Welt reported Sunday. In January and February 2017, the federal police reported a total of 1,350 unauthorized entries, against 402 in the first two months of the previous year.
With the Balkan route still closed, refugees and migrants now try to get to Germany from Libya, crossing the Mediterranean to arrive in Italy and traveling onward to Switzerland.
By March, the number of migrants using the Mediterranean route rose by 70.2 percent, according to a letter from Germany’s interior ministry to parliament.
The influx of people entering Germany from Switzerland puts pressure on the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany. While Thomas Strobl, the state’s minister of the interior, told Die Welt am Sontag that authorities have the border under control, he didn’t rule out more controls on the border with Switzerland, should the situation deteriorate further.