The Latest: Poland considers guarded container migrant camps

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Posted: Apr 13, 2017 10:08 AM

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of migrants and asylum-seekers (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Poland's interior minister says the country's government is considering creating container camps for asylum seekers on its border with Belarus, saying a similar system works well in Hungary.

Mariusz Blaszczak made the comments in an interview on Radio Zet on Thursday, a day after the Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported that the ministry plans to put asylum seekers in containers behind barbed wire.

Blaszczak did not deny those details, and said: "If there is an emergency situation we must be prepared for all scenarios."

Hungary has built container camps on its border with Serbia surrounded by razor-wire and high fences.

Asylum seekers from Chechnya and elsewhere have been seeking entry into Poland for many months, but most are denied entry and asylum.

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12 p.m.

The German government says it would support a ban on the export of boats from the European Union to Libya as part of measures to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.

Smugglers use often rickety vessels to ferry thousands of migrants from the north African country to Europe each month. Mass drownings are common when the overloaded boats capsize or sink.

In a response to questions from Left Party lawmakers, the German government says it considers "imposing restrictive measures" on EU exports of boats, engines and vehicles to Libya to be an appropriate measure to crack down on people smuggling.

The response, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, also confirms that the EU naval mission deployed to stop illegal migration uses submarines for "covert reconnaissance" in the region.