Austrian border stays open; search for human traffickers intensifies

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Austrian police at the border with Hungary are currently intensifying their search for people smugglers, but they are not yet restricting access to refugees entering Austria from northwestern Hungary, a spokesperson of the Burgenland police said on Monday, according to Reuters news agency.

Although Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann (pictured) announced yesterday that Austria was planning to put an end to the unimpeded inflow of thousands of refugees arriving from Hungary, the border will remain open, a spokesperson for the government said. 

“There will still be no border controls. That would be against the Schengen agreement,” spokesman Helmut Marban reportedly said, adding that checks to catch human smugglers “will be activated and become more visible”.

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