Turks among the largest group of 14,000 illegal migrants entering Germany by bus, train in 2018

Germany caught 14,000 migrants trying to enter the country illegally on buses or trains in 2018, with the bulk of the illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Nigeria, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, Deutsche Welle reported on Monday.

Most of the migrants entered the country from neighbouring Austria, it said, with just under 8,000 migrants entering Germany on buses and slightly more than 6,000 on trains, citing regional German newspaper Rheinische Post.

The country’s  border with France and Switzerland saw the next highest number of illegal crossings from migrants, DW said, highlighting that federal police only refused entry to illegal migrants who crossed the Austrian-German border.

Passport checks on buses in Germany  are set to become more difficult after the European Court of Justice ruled that the country’s membership of the Schengen area prohibits bus companies from checking passenger identity papers, it said.

A total of 15,654 Turks have sought asylum in Germany since the Turkey’s July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, according to Germany's Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).