Germany has announced plans to restrict travel across the continent to prevent migrants from heading north to the UK.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Sunday that German authorities would ban all flights from Germany to and from the UK, a move that could prevent hundreds of thousands of migrants from crossing into Europe.
De Maizier said that Germany was “currently considering” measures to restrict movement between the countries.
The decision to limit travel from Germany, which has been plagued by an outbreak of the coronavirus, comes amid growing concern over the global refugee crisis.
The European Union is preparing a new round of sanctions against countries in the Middle East and North Africa for failing to take in more refugees.
The United States, Canada and other countries have already imposed sanctions on some of the countries most affected by the virus.
On Sunday, Germany’s parliament passed a bill that would ban flights from all European Union member states to the United Kingdom, with the aim of preventing migrants from leaving the country.
The move comes after the UK announced plans on Friday to introduce mandatory vaccinations for all adults over the age of 18 in the wake of the outbreak in Greece.
The UK’s move follows similar restrictions on migrants entering the country in the past few days, including those in the German state of Bavaria.
More than 100,000 migrants have arrived in Germany in the last 24 hours, and officials say the situation is expected to continue to deteriorate as the country continues to try to cope with the outbreak.