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February 9, 2017

Balkan states to intensify border control to restrain migrants

Over a dozen European interior ministers promised to introduce additional measures to control migrants using the Balkan route to reach Western Europe, EUobserver reports. 

In 2016, Austria urged to close borders throughout the Western Balkans, and it became possible to reduce the number of people who illegally reach the EU countries. 

At the meeting in Vienna, the ministers declared that they are planning to introduce additional measures in April, because many migrants are still travelling through the former Yugoslav countries with help from smugglers.

 “We’re sending a signal to the traffickers with this conference that there will be no illegal migration to Europe,” Austrian interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka told. 

Sobotka didn’t elaborate on details of the plans according to the results of the discussion with his counterparts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Serbia. 

Nearly 600,000 persons appeared in Greece after the closing of the border with Macedonia last year.