Migrant crisis: Germany to start temporary border controls
Radio New Zealand International
September 13, 2015 6:10 pm
Germany is to introduce temporary controls on its border with Austria to cope with the influx of migrants, the interior minister has said.
Thomas de Maiziere said refugees could “not choose” their host countries and called on other EU states to do more.
Trains between Germany and Austria have been suspended for 12 hours.
Germany’s vice-chancellor has said the country is “at the limit of its capabilities” as more than 13,000 migrants arrived in Munich on Saturday.
Germany expects 800,000 migrants to arrive this year.
“The aim of these measures is to limit the current inflows to Germany and to return to orderly procedures when people enter the country,” de Maiziere told a news conference.
He gave no details. The move goes against the principle of the Schengen zone, which allows free movement between many European countries. However, the agreement does allow for temporary suspensions.
Germany’s rail service Deutsche Bahn said train services with Austria would be stopped until 03:00GMT on Monday.