Friday, February 19, 2016
As from today Austria Introduces Daily Refugee Entry Quota.
As from today Austria Introduces Daily Refugee Entry Quota. (SP).
Starting from February 19, the republic will accept no more than 80 applications for refugee status per day and a maximum of 3,200 migrants seeking asylum in one of its neighboring states will be allowed to transit through Austrian territory.
Austria's move to toughen its border controls is supported by Slovenia, who also intends to implement a similar approach in solidarity.
Vienna has been criticized by the European Commission and a number of other EU bodies for imposing a cap on the number of asylum requests, viewed as a breach of the bloc’s human rights laws.
On Tuesday, the Austrian Interior Ministry also announced it would introduce stricter controls at 12 checkpoints along the country’s southern border in a bid to deter the unprecedented migrant inflow they had been experiencing. Read the full story here.