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    Austria is expected to consider the draft legal act, due to be discussed and possibly implemented early next month, that will give Vienna the right to turn away migrants without a formal procedure, spokesman of the Austrian Interior Ministry Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said that the country's authorities could consider the introduction of a special border regime amid the influx of asylum seekers, with September 6 named as "a good date for the cabinet meeting to evaluate the draft."

    "According to the actual legal situation, someone applies for asylum in relation to the border check and those people get the permission to enter Austria and then we have a formal procedure in order to identify the responsibility of Hungarian authorities and only then will be the question of return. According to the new legal act, the situation will be different… [A migrant] can be turned down without formal procedure we do now," Grundboeck explained.

    According to recent estimates of the Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil, this year Austria has accepted up to 26,000 applications so far, while the limit set for the number of asylum applications the country is ready to accept in 2016 is 37,500. This limit, in Doskozil's opinion, may be already reached by November.

    Earlier this year, the Austrian Interior Ministry already suggested the government should introduce emergency measures that include turning nearly all asylum seekers away at the border before the limit was reached.

    In addition to a new law that allows stopping migrants at the border, the Austrian authorities plan to build fences to stop more migrants from Hungary in the border region of Burgenland about 19 miles in length. In April, Vienna threatened to erect a fence at the Brenner crossing at the border it shares with Italy unless Rome stemmed the flow of migrants across the border.


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