The Latest: Poland: EU’s outside borders must be secured

BERLIN (AP) — The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local (CET):

1:55 p.m.

Poland’s prime minister says the European Union’s outside borders must be strictly controlled in the face of a huge surge of immigrants.  

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz also said Monday that Poland would restore its own border controls if it saw any outside threats. She did not elaborate.

The EU’s interior ministers are discussing how to share 160,000 asylum seekers among the bloc’s 28 nations at a meeting Monday in Brussels.

Kopacz said Poland will not agree to the refugee quota — some 12,000 people — that the EU wants it to accept. She says “we will accept the number of refugees that we can afford, not one more, not one less.”

Poland says it can handle over 2,000 refugees.

1:30 p.m.

Austria’s interior minister says the country will follow Germany in introducing border controls to manage the flow of people coming in from Hungary.

Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said the Alpine nation “will proceed as Germany does.” Speaking in Brussels, she said the checks would be introduced “as soon as possible” on the Austrian-Hungarian border.

Tens of thousands of people fleeing their homelands are trekking now through Europe by train, bus or foot. Those seeking to go to Germany usually go through Hungary and Austria first.

Germany over the weekend introduced border checks to deal with Europe’s immigration emergency and Slovakia made a similar announcement Monday.

1:15 p.m.

The German government says refugees will continue to come to Germany after it introduced controls on the border with Austria but it hopes they do so in a more orderly manner.

Germany introduced the border checks Sunday after thousands came in by train over the past week. In the southern city of Munich, by far the main point of entry, 12,200 migrants arrived Saturday and 7,100 came Sunday.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that “temporary border controls are not a closure of the border.”

He added “refugees will continue to come to Germany. We hope that this can happen in a more orderly process and in a pan-European process in which every state does its duty in solidarity.”

12:15 p.m.

Germany’s vice chancellor is defending his nation’s decision to introduce border controls at certain crossing points over the weekend.

Sigmar Gabriel said in a letter to his Social Democratic Party that the move is “not about a closing of borders and absolutely not a suspension of the basic rights to asylum.”

But, he said, it should be seen as a “clear signal” to our “European partners that Germany, even if we are prepared to provide disproportionate assistance, cannot accommodate all of the refugees alone.”

He added “we hope that we will need the border controls only for a short time and that our partners will make clear that they are prepared to share in Europe’s responsibility.”

Gabriel says Germany expects to see 1 million refugees and migrants enter the country this year.

12 noon

Slovakia has renewed checks on its borders with Hungary and Austria due to the immigration crisis.

The announcement Monday by Slovakia’s Interior Ministry comes a day after Germany did the same on its border with Austria.

Slovakia said 220 extra officers have been deployed at border crossings and along the border, and said it was coordinating with police forces in neighboring Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic on Sunday boosted its presence along its border with Austria but has not reintroduced border checks yet.

11:40 a.m.

Germany’s vice chancellor says the country can expect 1 million migrants this year, raising the previous estimate by 200,000.

Sigmar Gabriel said in a letter to members of his Social Democratic Party that “everything points the fact that we won’t have 800,000 migrants as has been predicted by the Interior Ministry but 1 million.”

In the letter, Gabriel called for other European countries to do more, saying there had to be a “common European effort” to tackling the refugee crisis. Germany takes in more asylum seekers than any other EU nation by far.

11:35 a.m.

Over 5,800 people fleeing their homelands have entered Hungary in one day, by far the highest number this year, as the country prepares to apply new immigration rules and tighter border controls.

Hungarian police detained 5,809 migrants Sunday, shattering the previous one-day mark of 4,330 set Saturday.

By 8 a.m. Monday, police said another 3,280 people had been detained for crossing the border illegally, taking Hungary’s 2015 total to nearly 195,000.

Hungarian authorities hope reinforced border patrols, a 4-meter (13-feet) high fence on the border with Serbia and new laws criminalizing those entering Hungary illegally or cutting through the fence will deter migrants from coming to Hungary as they try to make their way to Germany and other, wealthier EU nations.

11:20 a.m.

The Austrian chancellor says the country’s military will be deployed to help police dealing with the influx of migrants on the country’s border if needed.

Werner Faymann said Monday that the government approved a request from the Interior Ministry for assistance from the army, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Faymann said the army will focus on providing humanitarian help inside Austria but soldiers will be deployed to help at the borders if required.

Austria is seeing a constant stream of refugees across the border from Hungary.

11:15 a.m.

Greece’s coast guard is still searching the area off the remote island of Farmakonissi after a wooden boat carrying migrants and refugees from the nearby Turkish shore sank, killing at least 34 people, including 15 children.

Two coast guard vessels and a diving team were searching the area Monday for any more potential bodies or survivors. Merchant Marine Minister Christos Zois flew to the island to be briefed on the operation.

The boat sank Sunday in rough seas and high winds. The coast guard rescued 68 people from the sea, while a further 30 managed to swim to Farmakonissi.

Separately, the coast guard said it had rescued 1,429 people at sea in 58 incidents off the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Agathonissi, Kos, Symi and Rhodes over the weekend, from Friday morning until Monday morning.

11:05 a.m.

Austrian police say thousands of migrants are still streaming into two towns on the country’s eastern border with Hungary.

Police spokesman Gerald Pangl said about 14,000 people arrived at Nickelsdorf, which has been the main focus of the influx over the past week, on Sunday and another 2,500 in the early hours of Monday.

In recent days, significant numbers of migrants also have been crossing into Austria further south at Heiligenkreuz. Between 5,000 and 10,000 people are expected there on Monday, police spokesman Gerald Koller told the Austria Press Agency. He said that around 500 are arriving every hour by bus.

10:55 a.m.

France is calling for reinforced controls at Europe’s borders — notably in Greece, Italy and Hungary — to deal with the influx of migrants and sort refugees from economic migrants.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called Monday for centers where the thousands of migrants can be processed, as well as a common asylum process.

“Behind this humanitarian reality is a European reality,” Cazeneuve told RTL radio. He dismissed calls from France’s far-right National Front to impose border controls between France and Germany.

10:30 a.m.

The U.N. human rights chief is calling for “expanded channels of regular migration and resettlement” of migrants and refugees in places like Europe and beyond, saying that will prevent deaths and reduce human smuggling.

Speaking to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Zeid Raad al-Hussein praised the “ordinary people” who have volunteered to help migrants and refugees in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany and “even — despite long-standing xenophobia of tabloids and some politicians — in the United Kingdom.”

9:45 a.m.

Controls on Germany’s border with Austria have led to traffic jams at crossings.

Authorities in Bavaria said there was a roughly 3-kilometer (2-mile) tailback Monday on the A8 highway at Bad Reichenhall, near the Austrian city of Salzburg, news agency dpa reported. Regional broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reported a 6-kilometer (nearly 4-mile) queue on the A3 highway near Passau.

Germany introduced temporary border controls on Sunday evening to slow the influx of immigrants arriving from Hungary via Austria.

Train services from Austria to Germany resumed Monday morning after being halted Sunday. The section between Salzburg and the German border town of Freilassing initially remained closed because of reports of people on the track, but police said they found no one.

8:30 a.m.

European Union interior ministers meet for emergency migration talks on Monday a day Germany reintroduced controls at its border with Austria to stem the continuing flow of refugees.

The ministers will try to narrow a yawning divide over how to share responsibility for thousands of migrants arriving daily and ease the burden on front-line states Italy, Greece and Hungary.

Their talks in Brussels will focus on distributing 160,000 refugees over the next two years.

The arrival of around 500,000 migrants so far this year has taken the EU by surprise and it has responded slowly.

The ministers will confirm the distribution of an initial 40,000 refugees, but this scheme was conceived in May and some nations still do not plan to do their full share before year’s end.

8:15 a.m.

Germany’s national railway says it has resumed train services from Austria after authorities ordered a temporary halt on Sunday evening.

A spokeswoman for Deutsche Bahn said services resumed at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT). She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with company rules.

However, the main Salzburg-Munich line initially remained closed between the Austrian city of Salzburg and the German border town of Freilassing because there were people on the track.

Train services were suspended for around 12 hours when Germany introduced temporary border controls Sunday evening to stem the tide of thousands of refugees streaming across its frontier.

One thought on “The Latest: Poland: EU’s outside borders must be secured

  1. Ha, what a joke….Poland doesn’t want any more immigration. But it’s ok for everyone from your shitty backwards country to come to the UK, take our jobs and rape our women.
    I don’t even hear English people speaking anymore, all I hear is inbred Eastern Europeans.

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