Poland has prolonged its temporary border controls with Slovakia until January 2 as part of its ongoing measures to curb illegal migration, as announced by the government on Friday.

Interior Minister Paweł Szefernaker made the decision, as reported by the state news agency PAP. The move comes after a recent statement by a deputy interior minister on Polish Radio, highlighting Slovakia's increased use as a transit route for illegal migrants.

The government previously reported in October that these renewed checks along the Slovak border had proven effective, successfully preventing illegal migration through Poland.

Initially implemented on October 4, the temporary border checks were first slated for a 10-day period. Subsequently extended until November 2, this latest announcement adds an additional 30 days to the duration of these controls. Photo  by Maksym Kozlenko, Wikimedia commons.