Austria ponders erecting a fence

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Austria proposes a different kind of border fence

As the migrant crisis in Europe continues, Austria’s government is considering what it can do to stem the flow of migrants over its borders from Slovenia and Hungary. As Alison Langley reports for Deutsche Welle, one possibility, voiced by the interior minister, is a fence along parts of the Slovenian border.

On Tuesday [Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner] suggested Austria should erect “special construction measures” on the border with Slovenia. Now she has spelt out her plan a bit more concretely, telling Austrian radio, “Naturally there will also be a fence.” But, she added, unlike Hungary’s razor-wire barrier.

Alison Langley

This story was filed on early Wednesday, October 28th, 2015. Later the same day European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann issued a statement reiterating the EU position that “fences have no place in Europe.”

Read the original DW story from October 28th, 2015 here:

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