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Austria says it turn away migrants aiming to pass through Germany

Austria will deny entry to migrants who intend to pass through Germany rather than apply for asylum there, country's Interior Minister said in a radio interview broadcast on Friday

The Austrian police reports: a growing number of migrants have been turned away at the Germany-Austria border. Since last September thousands of migrants attempted to enter Germany through Austria and only 90,000 refugees have applied for asylum in Austria while others attempted to cross the border and enter neighboring Germany, says Francois Murphy in his article for Reuters.

The far-right political wing has already expressed their growing disdain and fears towards the immigrant crisis which so far has brought only unfavorable results which nevertheless have significantly contributed to a rise in support for the rights.

Murphy assumes: “government ministers from the Social Democrats and their junior coalition partner, the Austrian People's Party, have said more must be done to reduce the number of people arriving, though they have disagreed on how to achieve that.

"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.”

Minister added that the government’s intention would be to stop the refugee flow right at the Austrian southern border with Slovenia.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

It did not take long for Merkel to denounce this action taken by Austria, and continue to oppose closing borders reneging Schengen.  Her popularity is still very high, at around 44% according to Reuters, while SPD’s Gabriel is only  at 16%.  Merkel’s strategy seems to be - despite the strong opposition in CDU and across the board for more migration – searching for an intermediate ‘reasonable’ solution, then for another intermediate solution, and then for another intermediate solution. In the mean time, the migrants keep pouring in, at a pace of 3,000 a day. By the end of 2016, one million Muslim migrants are expected to arrive.  1.1 million migrants are already inside Germany.  It is likely that Austria will be penalized and punished if it blocks migration. On the other hand, it’s hard to see how migrants can make their way through Switzerland, which is likely to take a harsh stance and cannot be punished as it is not part of the EU. Otherwise, migrants will chose to enter Germany through the Czech Republic which is more susceptible to German pressure.

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