GERMANY: Authorities abandon comprehensive fingerprinting due to refugee numbers

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Deutsche Welle reports that: "Border authorities in Bavaria have given up trying to take the fingerprints of all the refugees entering the country, reported "Der Spiegel" on Monday."

See: German police: We can't handle refugee numbers (Deutsche Welle, link)

This is likely to damage the European Commission's plans to "uphold the integrity of the Dublin Regulation" and ensure that all asylum-seekers or irregular migrants within the EU are fingerprinted, by force if necessary. See: Fingerprinting by force: secret discussions on "systematic identification" of migrants and asylum seekers (Statewatch News Online, March 2015) and Briefing: Coercive measures or expulsion: Fingerprinting migrants (May 2015, pdf).

In recent months Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy have boosted joint border patrols in order to "target asylum tourism," in the words of the Bavarian interior minister. See: Tri-nation patrols at railway stations (Statewatch News Online, May 2015).

On Monday, meanwhile, "Hungarian soldiers began erecting a highly criticized fence on the border with Serbia to keep out migrants." See: To dissuade migrants, Hungary erects its Balkan fence (Deutsche Welle, link)

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