Austria is not spared by the crisis that is shaking the migrants’ Europe. At least twenty migrants were found dead Thursday in a parked truck on a highway in the east, not far from Hungary.
The vehicle in which were found 20 to 50 bodies, was parked on a parking lot in the border state of Burgenland (east), said the police spokesman told a news conference. “We can not confirm how they died,” he conceded, adding that the vehicle would be parked in the area since Wednesday. The forensic teams at work on site indicated it would take several days to reach conclusions.
“Operation traffic of human beings” The police of the country will join the investigation, announced in Budapest, the vehicle in which was made the gruesome discovery was registered in Hungary. The spokesman for the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has also stated that the Austrian police had informed Budapest that the driver of the vehicle was a Romanian. “It seems that the victims were migrants, in an operation of human trafficking,” said the spokesman.
Before the summit in Vienna, the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has its part warned that his country could consider introducing tougher measures against migrants, including “stricter border controls” if the EU failed to find a single answer. “Austria has more migrants that Italy and Greece combined (…) we should not pretend that only Italy and Greece are affected,” he said in an interview with Broadcast ORF public. In Austria, the number of asylum applications is expected to reach 80,000 this year.