Austria to impose border checks due to refugee crisis

Austria will deploy troops and introduce tougher border controls against growing refugee crisis

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Austria announced on Monday, that it will send soldiers to its border to control and monitor the growing number of asylum-seekers.  Austrian troops will impose border checks at the Hungarian border.

Chancellor of Austria, Werner Faymann said that first, Austrian soldiers will provide humanitarian relief for refugees within Austria, but refugees could also be turned back.

The decision was taken after Germany imposed controls on its border with Austria.

Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Reinhold Mitterlehner stated, "If Germany carries out border controls, Austria must put strengthened border controls in place. We are doing that now.

Joachim Herrmann, the interior minister of the southern German state of Bavaria, underlined that Germany’s procedures would continue for the next few weeks. But that does not mean border controls will lead to stopping the flow of refugees. "We need to have more control because we have noticed in recent days that many of those on the road are not real refugees," he told public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Generally, asylum-seekers and refugees, who are mostly from Syria, but also Eritrea, Afghanistan, and other countries, prefer to come to Europe in order to escape violence and poverty.

Refugees are using the route from Greece, to get to Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary, and from there they try to cross into Austria and Germany.

Number of refugees is increasing day after day in Hungary, as well as other parts of Europe. According to police records, 5,809 refugees flowed into Hungary on Sunday, and previous day refugee number had reached 4,330.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warns refugees will face ‘legal limbo’ under new border restrictions.


TRTWorld and agencies