Austria Suspends Schengen

SOURCESputnik

BELGRADE – The Austrian government temporarily suspended the Schengen agreement, imposing full border control measures on everyone entering the country, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann told the newspaper Oesterreich in an interview.

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“Everyone who is coming to us would be carefully checked at the border,” Fayman told Oesterreich.

Chancellor Faymann said that from now on Austria would “similar to Germany” have a more strict border control and deport people who, lacking the proper refugee identification, out of the country.

“At border control points everyone has to show a valid ID to Austrian authorities,” Faymann said, adding that if the EU cannot provide the security at its external borders, countries should start controlling their own national borders, according to the Austrian newspaper.

Austria plans to use its army to stop refugees from entering the country. Most refugees are trying to reach Germany and apply for asylum there, but to get to Germany they need to hike across Austria.

The move of the Austrian government essentially means that the Schengen agreement is thrown out the window. The Schengen zone has currently 26 members, including most EU members and four non-EU members.

The idea behind the agreement is that the citizens of Schengen countries can access any country without the need to go through border controls and visitors can travel across the Schengen zone with one common visa that applies throughout the entire Schengen zone.

Earlier this week, other Schengen countries, including Norway, Sweden and Denmark, also temporarily suspended the Schengen agreement and restored border control measures at their national borders.

Europe is currently struggling to cope with a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety and refuge in the stable and wealthy EU states.

2 COMMENTS

  1. how quickly ideology wain and reality hits: this from Sep 2014
    “When around 400 asylum seekers arrived on the morning’s first border train, charity workers offered food, water and packages of hygiene products for men and women. Austrian onlookers cheered the migrants’ arrival, with many shouting “Welcome!” in both German and Arabic. One Austrian woman pulled from her handbag a pair of children’s rubber rain boots and handed them to a Middle Eastern woman carrying a small boy.”

    now 4 months later they had enough and want to keep them out.
    seems Austrians had this fantasy in their mind that the immigrants will just integrate with no pain and effort. It is as if they think they are welcoming back a ton of Austrians that left for some sabbatical far away and is now returning home

    • u seems live in some gaga land… firstly the refugee who come and can’t integrate to new culture. and they know how things work here,,,. they are one of the reason why their countries have a problem. When u want to come western you must learn adjustment and understand to follow rules. creating a mess and problem in other countries like one in your homeland is not accepted. Look at the positive side EUcountries tried to be nice to them but what are they getting in return. And why should they create nuisance in their country .. wtf.. Most Muslims can only crib… if that’s the case why don’t they are invited by Saudi and UAE … they have a problem with everything… Just keeping high border control, they ensure the safety of their citizen and that’s their first responsibility than providing shelter to nomads … And they are not stopping refugee entering just managing good paperwork….

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