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Heading Migrants Off at the Brenner Pass

Apr 12, 2016 | 17:17 GMT
A sign indicates the Brennero city limits at the Brenner Pass on Sept. 3, 2015, in Brennero, Italy. Italian police have announced they will soon reinstate border controls at the Brenner following a request from Germany in order to regulate the flow of migrants. Hundreds of migrants travel via trains and other means through the Brenner Pass daily, the vast majority on their way to Germany.
Austria has begun work to establish border controls on its side of Brenner Pass, one of the main Alpine crossings into Italy.
(PHILIPP GUELLAND/Getty Images)

Spring is arriving in Europe, and Austria fears that more migrants will soon follow. On April 12, the Austrian government began working to introduce border controls on its side of the Brenner Pass, the main Alpine crossing into Italy. Vienna, worried that the coming months will bring increased migrant flows from Italy, said the controls will be performed only as necessary. Austria's fears are well-founded: As the weather improves, more migrants will take the central Mediterranean route, which connects North Africa with southern Italy. In the past, Italian authorities have allowed some migrants to leave Italy and continue their journey north, something Vienna would like to prevent in the future....

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