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Austria to accept only 80 asylum claims per day

Austria will only accept 80 asylum claims per day, to slow down the flow of migrants on its southern border, the Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said yesterday.

The government will also only allow the entry of 3,200 refugees “who want to seek asylum in a neighbouring state” per day.

“Austria is among the EU countries most under strain and is reaching breaking point. It stands to reason to want to secure your own borders when there is no European solution,” the minister said.

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The decision will come into force this Friday. Mikl-Leitner said that Austria, which has a population of nine million, has received 11,000 asylum claims at a rate of 250 a day.

Vienna announced earlier that it will tighten control on the crossing points along its southern border with Italy, Slovenia and Hungary, to slow down the flow of migrants.

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