Austria, Slovakia, and the Netherlands Introduce Border Controls
A day after Germany introduced temporary controls at its southern border with Austria, that country, along with the Netherlands and Slovakia introduced what they termed temporary border controls.
The action follows the struggle these countries are having with the influx of refugees coming to the Continent. Hungary said that over 5,000 had crossed into the country from Serbia on Monday before noon, even though it is trying to seal off that border with a 109-mile (175-kilometer) fence.
Slovakia stationed 220 officers at its borders with Austria and Hungary on Monday, while authorities in the Hague announced spot checks at the Dutch border with Germany.
On Sunday, Bavarian Innenminister or Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said in an interview with Bayern 2, a culture and news oriented regional broadcaster, that the country needs “a stricter control here in general, because we have determined that, in the past few days, many of those on their way here are not true refugees.”
While no date has been given by any of the four nations as to when the temporary border controls would be removed, Herrmann estimated that they would last “at least one week.”
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