As the number of migrants and refugees attempting to enter Germany via Austria slows, the German government plans to stop its border passport checks. At its peak Germany was welcoming 10,000 new people through its borders per day, but that number has dropped back down to just a couple hundred per day. As gates surrounding the Balkan route from Greece to Europe were closed and as other controls, including passport checks, were implemented Germany has seen the numbers of immigrants at their border greatly reduced. Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, has been much more welcoming to the refugees and migrants than other European nations however the passport checks between Germany and Austria were the first to be implemented. Typically travel between EU member countries is very simple and usually does not require a passport. This massive change comes as the European Commission revisits their policies and as the migration deal between Turkey and Europe has attempted to deter refugees and immigrants from entering the area illegally.