Border construction

Border infrastructure elements

In places on the land border with a greater probability of illegal border crossing attempts, fencing will be installed, depending on the specific terrain and natural conditions. This will be the case above all in populated places, in the vicinity of roads, tracks and paths, higher-risk border segments and in immediate proximity to border crossing points.

To a minimal extent, a sand strip of up to two metres will be installed in more critical locations that see more illegal border crossings.

To prevent inadvertent border crossings by people lost in the woods, as well as to curtail intentional attempts, an obstacle fence will be installed, giving border guards valuable additional time to respond to incidents.

Where necessary, animal barrier fencing will be installed to prevent false alarms; and barrier arms and lighting as needed.

A patrol track at least two metres in width will be built in the border strip as well. In certain segments, a narrower patrol track will be established, which can be travelled in ATVs. In places, a wider patrol road will be established, which can be travelled with other patrol vehicles.

To ensure faster access to the areas adjoining the border, access roads – including bridges, footbridges and culverts to divert runoff – will be established.

As the infrastructure is completed, a modern technological monitoring system will be installed on the border strip, which will for the first time give an overview of incidents occurring anywhere along the external border. This will provide, for the first time, the capability for border guards to analyse and respond in the timeliest manner possible to every border incident. The monitoring systems will also facilitate evidence gathering for later investigative proceedings.