Austrian leader says Germany will copy its refugee policy
By CYNTHIA KROET 2/17/16, 3:23 PM CET Updated 2/17/16, 3:45 PM CET
Germany will soon be forced to follow Austria’s lead and crack down on migration, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said Tuesday.
In an interview with the newspaper Kurier, Faymann said that governments “must take decisions based on reality” and “be able to justify decisions in their own country.”
“That is what we did and I think that is a step that Germany will also take. I personally believe that we will be in harmony again soon,” he said.
On Tuesday the Austrian government announced that it will tighten border controls at crossings in the south of the country, along the frontier with Italy, Slovenia and Hungary, to slow down the influx of migrants.
Faymann also said he wants Turkey to take tougher action against people smugglers.
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“That will be a clear signal that it’s no use getting on a boat, because you will be sent back anyway.”
In January, the Austrian government agreed on to cap the number of migrants allowed to enter the country in the next four years as a way of managing the influx.