Austria to have new rules for migrant entry as of Thursday

As of Thursday, Austria will start applying new rules for the entry of migrants under which a maximum 2,500 people will be taken in daily from Slovenia after they are checked on the border crossing Spielfeld/Sentilj, Slovenian Television reported on Sunday quoting unofficial sources and media in Austria.

Currently around 2,500 migrants enter Austria daily from Slovenia, which means that for the time being the number of allowed entries will not be additionally reduced but all migrants will have to enter Austria via Sentilj, whereas until now up to half the total number of migrants entered the country by bus via the Karawanks tunnel.

The Austrian government plans to inform countries along the Balkan migrant route of this measure by the middle of next week, Slovenian Television said.

The Austrian government will reportedly decide on plans for the protection of the country's southern border from illegal border crossings at the beginning of next week, and the new measures are expected to fully go into force on Thursday.

Anticipating attempts of illegal border crossing, the Austrian government plans to extend the protective fence it has already been setting up on the Sentilj border crossing, and it does not rule out the same measure and tightened border controls on some other crossings on the border with Slovenia, as well as on the border with Italy in the region of Tyrol.

Last update: Sun, 14/02/2016 - 19:28

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