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Austria takes new measures to tighten border control

Austria takes new measures to tighten border controlAustrian Defense Minister Hans-Peter Doskozil has called Wednesday for new measures to slow the flow of migrants into Austria, DW reports.

Austrian Defense Minister Hans-Peter Doskozil and Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka outlined several new measures aimed to tighten border controls in an effort to further slow the stream of migrants into Austria.

In an interview to the online version of daily newspaper "Kurier", the defense minister told that security needed to be tightened along specific parts of the border. "I'm recognizing a trend here that the smugglers are now using Slovakia," Doskozil said.

He said 299 migrants have been intercepted so far this year while trying to cross into Austria from Slovakia. That's in comparison with the 174 who were caught attempting to cross the border with Hungary.

Doskozil added that 282 asylum seekers who were caught this year trying to cross into Tyrol state were sent back to Italy. "There were only 25 asylum claims in Tyrol. Here the sending-back [of migrants] to Italy is working," he said.

Ministers also said that many of the migrants are entering Austria by train, and called for stricter controls on rail routes along the border. They told "Kurier" that 100 soldiers could be deployed to help with this process.

The pair is planning to present the package of new measures in 10 days.
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