Germany’s national police union has said that security arrangements on the border with Poland risk being overwhelmed by a sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers making the journey to Western Europe, starting from Belarus.

Heiko Teggatz, the head of the body that represents Berlin’s law enforcement officers, said that authorities would have to act to prevent the “collapse of security infrastructure at the border” and head off “uncontrolled immigration into Germany.”

According to him, the number of desperate people making the journey has already surpassed the level seen on the country’s southern frontier during the mass migration crisis of 2013. More than 5,000 people have been detained in Germany in recent weeks, including at least 500 over the weekend. (RT)