Austria to send troops and armoured vehicles to border with Italy to block migrants

Austrian policemen and migrants in the Austrian village of Nickelsdorf on September 5, 2015. Thousands of migrants streamed into Austria from Hungary, in what Vienna called a "wake up call" for Europe to get to grips with its biggest refugee influx since World War II.Austria has deployed armoured vehicles close to its border with Italy and will send up to 750 soldiers to block any migrants trying to head north, the government announced.

The move reflects deep concern in Vienna and elsewhere in Europe over the huge number of asylum seekers who continue to cross the Mediterranean from Libya – so far this year more than 85,000 have been rescued and brought to Italy.

But it prompted a rebuke from Rome, with the Italian foreign ministry summoning Austria’s ambassador to explain the beefing up of border security. Italy has warned in the past that such measures would contravene EU rules on free movement.<!–more–>

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