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    Poland have decided to impose border controls within the EU alongside several other countries for the NATO summit and to provide security for the visit of Pope Francis, however is this move just another one to curb the influx of refugees?

    Poland, along with Germany, Slovakia, the Czeh Republic and Lithuania will impose border controls this summer, in the hope that it will provide better security during the NATO summit and a visit by Pope Francis.

    However some believe this is just an excuse and the real reason behind the new controls is to simply curb the influx of asylum seekers. Poland says however, that these new measures have absolutely nothing to do with refugees.

    Polish army soldiers salute as tanks roll on one of the city's main streets during a military parade celebrating the Polish Army Day in Warsaw, Poland, August 15, 2015.
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    Polish army soldiers salute as tanks roll on one of the city's main streets during a military parade celebrating the Polish Army Day in Warsaw, Poland, August 15, 2015.

    The Polish government have always held a skeptical view of the migrant crisis and how the EU's plans on tackling it.

    The Polish Interior Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak announcing the new measures, said in a statement:

    "Please make no connection with the situation in southern Europe. Reinforcing control on our boarder is necessary for the security of the Alliance Summit and World Youth Day."

    Minster Blaszczak went onto say, "The border guards will prevent people, who may violate public order or be a security threat from entering Poland."

    However, skepticism still remains and for some this is just the latest move by another EU country to stop migrants from entering.

    Both Austria and Italy have started to control their own boarder, with Austria erecting a 250-meter fence. They have been criticized for this by the Italian officials who said this would only exacerbate the humanitarian situation in southern Europe.

    In a further move to curb the influx of migrants, Austria reintroduced strict border controls on the border with Hungary this week.

    The Austrian National Police Director-Deputy Werner Fasching said:

    "We have to react to this situation weekly to prevent criminality and smuggling of immigrants. In the coming weeks we are going to support our Hungarian colleagues."

    The move by EU countries to control their borders and stop refugees from entering is the latest in a demonstration against the way the EU has handled the crisis.

    Austria has seen the rise of right-wing FPO politician Norbert Hofer, who has actively voiced his concern at the influx of refugees.

    Presidential candidate Norbert Hofer (R) and head of the Austrian Freedom party Heinz-Christian Strache (L) react at the party headquarter in Vienna, Austria, April 24, 2016.
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    Presidential candidate Norbert Hofer (R) and head of the Austrian Freedom party Heinz-Christian Strache (L) react at the party headquarter in Vienna, Austria, April 24, 2016.

    These latest moves to protect borders appear to be increasing tensions amongst the various EU countries, leading to division and hostility.

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