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Austria plans to start strict controls at a key border crossing to Italy in late May or early June, as authorities expect that the daily number of arriving migrants will rise to 500 by then, the newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung reports.

A wire mesh fence of up to 400 metres will be raised at the Brenner mountain pass border to direct the flow of people to checkpoints, the regional daily reports, citing Austrian police.

Trucks and cars will have to slow down to 30 kilometres per hour and will be searched at the crossing, which straddles one of Europe's busiest cargo routes.

Trains crossing the Brenner from Italy to Austria will also be stopped, the newspaper reports online.

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