17:02 05.03.2016

Estonia preparing to deal with illegal immigration

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Estonia preparing to deal with illegal immigration

Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur and Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu have discussed measures to improve the country's preparedness to deal with illegal immigrants, Justice Ministry press secretary Maria-Elisa Tuulik told Interfax on Saturday.

"We should be prepared that a lot of people seeking asylum could approach Estonia's borders," Tuulik quoted Pevkur as saying at the meeting between the two ministers on Saturday.

"True, in the event of illegal migration, Estonia will chiefly remain a transit state to be used to get to North European and Central European states," Pevkur said.

"It is important in the coming years to install extra equipment along Estonia's borders to ensure the protection of the European Union's external borders. This concerns the equipment of the borderline and border facilities and the installation of security systems along the border," he said.

The two ministers also discussed the police's, security police's, and prosecution service's priorities in combating crime.

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