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Austria to Extend Border Controls for Hungary And Slovenia

Júlia Tar 2019.04.08.

Austria plans to extend the duration of border checks for Hungary and Slovenia until at least November, Austrian news agency APA reports. The control should have expired on May 11.

Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl cited the high number of illegal migrants in the country and a “latent threat of terrorism” as reasons to extend the checks at the border.

Some European countries, including Austria, set up emergency border checks in 2015 despite being part of the Schengen area. This occurred after more than 1 million migrants entered Europe.

The EU Commission wants to return the borders to their previous state, but not every country agrees. In fact, France and Germany wish to continue the border controls introduced in 2015.

featured image: Hungarian border; via Chicago Tribune