Germany to start border controls

Some migrants spent the night in Munich station

Some migrants spent the night in Munich station

Germany is to reintroduce some form of controls on its border with Austria to cope with the influx of migrants, German and Austrian media report.

It is not clear what measures would be introduced.

More than 13,000 migrants arrived into Munich alone on Saturday. Germany’s vice-chancellor said the country was “at the limit of its capabilities”.

Germany’s Bild newspaper and Austria’s Kronen Zeitung said controls would be in place on the Bavaria-Austria border.

migrants spent the night in Munich station

The German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, was expected to make an announcement last night.

Last month, Mr de Maiziere said the Schengen agreement, which allows free movement between a large number of European countries, could be suspended.

Kronen Zeitung said that Bavarian police will begin to carry out checks “to determine immediately who is entitled to asylum”, but it is not clear how such checks would be made.

Europe as a whole is struggling to deal with an enormous influx of people, mostly from Syria but also Afghanistan, Eritrea and other countries, fleeing violence and poverty.

As well as the 13,000 who arrived on Saturday, another 1,400 arrived in Munich yesterday morning, police said.

–BBC

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