11 October 2023, Brandenburg, Forst: Illegal migrants are guarded by officers of the Federal Police during an apprehension near the German-Polish border in Forst (Lausitz). During several operations in Forst, Brandenburg, and the surrounding area, the Federal Police had apprehended at least 64 migrants who had entered the country without permission on Oct. 11, 2023. According to their own information, they were brought to Germany by smugglers via the so-called Balkan route from Turkey via Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland and dropped off shortly after the border. For several weeks now, the German Federal Police have been stepping up their search for criminals who bring refugees and migrants to Germany without permission by carrying out mobile checks at the German-Polish border., DPA / LEHTIKUVA / PATRICK PLEUL