BELGRADE – Austria says it will begin building “technical barriers” to control the flow of migrants into the country from neighboring Slovenia, RFE/RL reports.
Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told parliament on October 28 that construction of the fence would begin in about 10 days. She insisted, however, that there are no plans “to build a fence around Austria.”
Slovenia said on the same day that it is also preparing to build a border fence. Prime Minister Miro Cerar told a security council meeting that, “if necessary, we are ready to put up the fence immediately.”
In the past, Vienna has harshly criticized the building of border fences as a solution to the current migrant crisis. However, Austria’s efforts to handle the influx of migrants have been complicated by recent moves by Germany — the desired destination country for many migrants — to slow the flow of migrants from Austria.
Mikl-Leitner said Austria is struggling “because Germany is taking too few” migrants.