Austrian Authorities Increase Guards on Hungarian Border
The Hegyeshalom border crossing point on the Austrian border.
The Austrian authorities have announced that the country will increase the police contingent on the Hungarian-Serbian border to combat human smuggling activities, schengenvisainfo.com reports.
Austria's Interior Ministry said that the number of police officers on the Hungarian-Serbian border would be increased from 50 to 70.
Minister of the Interior Gerhard Karner determined this figure in cooperation with his Hungarian counterpart, Sándor Pintér.
According to the ministry, the members of the Austrian contingent at the Hungarian-Serbian border had stopped around 18,000 people so far this year.
It noted that, as a result of these checks, the Hungarian police were able to arrest about 80 people smugglers.
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