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Migrants: Germany suspends rail traffic with Austria

Germany sends first closure signs towards migrants. Rail traffic has been suspended on Sunday, with Austria. The same day, Berlin decided to temporarily reintroduce border controls with the same country, where tens of thousands of refugees flocking in recent weeks, reported the German newspapers Bild and Spiegel , without citing sources. For such a gesture, Germany would suspend de facto the Schengen agreement on free movement in Europe.

The German interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, must make a statement on the refugee crisis at a press conference later in the day. But no further detail was given. According to Spiegel all federal police officers were put on alert, and “all available police will be sent to Bavaria to close borders,” says the weekly on its website. “Germany closes its borders with Austria,” said for his part Bild .

Saturation reception capacities in Germany

In two weeks, 63,000 refugees arrived in Munich, including 13,000 for the Saturday alone putting the largest city in southern Germany in a state of near saturation. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, some refugees who arrived by rail from Austria after a long odyssey through the Balkans, had to sleep outside and on the ground.

Despite the good will of volunteers including the Munich authorities have sounded the alarm and called the rest of the country to do more to welcome newcomers, often young single men or families with children. Germany, which this year expects a record 800,000 asylum seekers, recorded an unprecedented influx of refugees, particularly since it decided not to send back the Syrians in the country by which they entered the European Union.


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