Austria sets up two-meter high wire fence on Slovenian border

Austria sets up two-meter high wire fence on Slovenian border to prevent refugees from entering country and sets series of new rules for accepting refugees

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A group of migrants arrive from Slovenia at the Austrian border in Spielfeld, Austria on October 20, 2015

Austria started to build its two-meter high and four-kilometres-long wire fence on its Slovenian border to halt the influx of refugees entering the country.

The country also set a series of new rules for accepting refugees, which will only allow 500 refugees to enter Austria each day from the border port.

Austria increased its border control on January 20, and announced that it will only accept a maximum of 37,000 refugees.  

According to the new regulations, refugees will be required to hold qualified travel documents and must plan to stay in Austria or Germany.

The new regulations state that the refugees must have some basic training, such as in language and in value education, so that they will be better involved into the society. Otherwise, they will be forced to be repatriated after examinations in the next three years.

Those refugees, who get the permission, need to have their fingerprint and identification registered, and they also need to have their documents and luggage checked.

"I think it's a stupid solution. A fence will not stop thousands of people coming and trying to get into the country. I think they should start making policies that the war in Syria and all these areas should stop," said surname Peter, resident in the town of Spielfeld in Austria.

The Austrian government spent approximately 11 million dollars for its wire fence along the Slovenian border.

Most of the refugees, who are seeking asylum, are coming from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to EUROSTAT statistics 68,950 refugees sought asylum in Austria, in 2015.

Austria, Germany and Scandinavian countries are the main countries that refugees are choosing to go to, to seek asylum.


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