Austria says will slash asylum claims, strengthen border checks

Migrants stay in queue before passing Austrian-German borderBy Francois Murphy and Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria declared on Wednesday it would cap the number of people allowed to claim asylum this year at less than half last year's total, and its chancellor said border controls would have to be stepped up "massively"- but how that would be done was unclear. Germany said on Wednesday Austria's decision was "not helpful" to German efforts to negotiate a European Union-wide solution with the support of Turkey, from which most migrants reach the European continent. Hundreds of thousands of people have streamed into Austria, a small Alpine republic of 8.5 million since September, when it and Germany threw open their borders to a wave of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Afghanistan and elsewhere.


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