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Austria Not Counting on Schengen to Protect Border From Migrants

© AP Photo / Ronald ZakAustrian police officer check the identification documents of migrants before allowing them to get out a bus from Slovenia to cross the border from Slovenia into Austria, at a checkpoint at the Karawanks tunnel near Villach, Austria, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.
Austrian police officer check the identification documents of migrants before allowing them to get out a bus from Slovenia to cross the border from Slovenia into Austria, at a checkpoint at the Karawanks tunnel near Villach, Austria, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. - Sputnik International
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As the Schengen zone lacks necessary protective mechanisms, Austria will have to stregthen its border control, a spokesperson for the People's Party (OVP) told Sputnik on Wednesday.

A rusty chain hangs in front of the quay of the small Luxembourg village of Schengen at the banks of the river Moselle January 27, 2016. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Austria has to defend its borders, because Schengen zone lacks necessary protective mechanisms, a spokesperson for the People's Party (OVP) told Sputnik on Wednesday.

“As long as the external borders aren’t protected sufficiently, there is a need for border controls,” Tamara Hausl stated.

Hausl underlined that Austria’s ability to host refugees is limited, as the country had already accepted over 100,000 migrants during the last year and a half.

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Austria has tightened border controls and imposed daily limits on the number of asylum seekers allowed to enter the country amid the unprecedented influx of refugees to the country.

According to the European Council’s recommendation released on May 12, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway should extend temporary border controls for a further six months.

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