Austria to send back migrants who don't plan to seek asylum in Germany

Austria will deny entry to migrants who intend to pass through Germany rather than apply for asylum there, Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said in a radio interview broadcast on Friday, according to Reuters.

Germany has been turning away a growing number of migrants at its border with Austria, sending hundreds back into Austria every day, the Austrian police said this week.

"What is the situation currently on the German-Austrian border? That only those who want asylum in Germany are being let through, and those who want to travel onwards are sent back," Mikl-Leitner told Austrian broadcaster ORF.

"We will stop them directly on our southern border as of the end of next week," she said, referring to the country's border with Slovenia.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have passed through Austria and Germany since September, when the two countries opened their borders to a wave of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Last update: Fri, 15/01/2016 - 11:27

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