The Czech Interior Ministry said on Monday it expects up to 7,000 illegal migrants to try and enter the country next year - double the amount who entered the Czech Republic so far in 2015. For that reason, ministers in the government of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka agreed the Interior will now get almost a quarter billion crowns solely focusing on the migration problem.
Between 5,000 and 7,000 illegal migrants are expected to enter the Czech Republic next year, an estimate that has prompted the country to act. Already in June, in the face of the growing migrant numbers, security checks were stepped up along rail routes and major throughways. The country is now moving to provide new shelter and support for refugees, preparing to open facilities in Vyšní Lhoty, Moravia as well as Balková in the region of Plzeň, while broadening an existing centre in Bělá pod Bezdězem. That will increase the number of available beds by 550. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka outlined the situation on Monday: