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Austria Ready To Deploy Soldiers To Stop Migrant Influx

Austria Ready To Deploy Soldiers To Stop Migrant Influx

Austrian officials earlier said they are ready to deploy armored vehicles to the border crossing to prevent a migrant spillover into Austria. Infomigrants.net describes itself as an information portal aimed at migrants "to counter misinformation at every point of their journey", since they are often duped by smugglers.

Austria has border checks with Hungary and Slovenia, but in other areas it adheres to the European Unon open borders system.

A protester sprayed a slogan on the road during a demonstration against the Austrian Government's planned re-introduction of Border Controls at the Brenner Pass, Austria, 24 April 2016.

But it prompted a rebuke from Rome, with the Italian foreign ministry summoning Austria's ambassador to explain the beefing up of border security.

Austria has moved four armoured vehicles close to its border with Italy to guard against refugees and migrants and will likely set up controls on a key trade crossing "very soon", defence ministry officials said today.

Austria FM says country ready to "protect" borders amid growing concerns over influx of migrants and refugees in Italy.

"I expect that very soon border controls will be activated and that an assistance deployment (by the military) will be requested", Doskozil told the online edition of the Krone daily.

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The UN's refugee agency also weighed in, warning that Italy can not continue absorbing tens of thousands of migrants on its own.

Figures show that by Monday, 85,183 migrants had reached Italian shores after being rescued in the central Mediterranean, compared with 71,279 at this time previous year.

Interior Minister Marco Minniti said there was no emergency at the busy Brenner pass Alpine crossing, which an Austrian defence ministry spokesman said would be included in the controls. Italy has said it will instruct NGO rescue ships not to enter Libyan territorial waters.

"Rather than talking about tanks, we need to organise ourselves to give a hand to Italy and tackle the phenomenon already in Africa", he said. He said he hoped the site would encourage integration and help create "a renewed commitment for an authentic culture of welcome and solidarity".

In an interview with France's Figaro newspaper, European migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos called on Tuesday for EU countries to speed up deportations of failed asylum seekers to ease the pressure, but warned this needed cooperation from their home countries.

Italy's interior ministry said on Monday that the migrant and refugee arrivals so far this year have risen by almost 20 percent compared to the time in 2016.