Slovakia's government on Monday approved keeping temporary controls on its border with Hungary until Dec. 23 as it seeks to prevent a renewed spike in illegal migration, APA reports citing Reuters.
The central European country installed the border controls on Oct. 5, following neighbours Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria, which had tightened their own frontiers with Slovakia.
Slovakia saw a more than 500% year-on-year increase in the number of illegal migrants detained between the start of 2023 and Nov. 12, according to a statement accompanying the measure that was approved by the government on Monday.
Detentions, though, have dropped to 29 in the week to Nov. 12, from 1,690 in the first calendar week after controls began.
"It can be concluded the controls on internal borders, along with similar measures in neighbouring states, have a preventive character," the Interior Ministry said in the statement.