Bavaria, Austria deny rationing of refugee intake

The daily intake of refugees from Austria into Germany is 4,000-10,000, while the intake from Slovenia into Austria is 6,000-7,000 per day, according to information Hina obtained on Tuesday from the interior ministries of Bavaria and Austria, which thus denied media reports that Austria and Germany were limiting the flow of migrants.

The Bavarian Interior Ministry spokesman Stefan Frey told Hina that since the introduction of controls on the German border with Austria, between 7,000 and 10,000 refugees had entered Germany per day.

This statement denied reports by Austrian media that currently only 30 refugees per hour, which means 720 per day, are being accepted from Austria into Germany.

Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Gruendbock told Hina on Tuesday that there were no halts in the flow of migrants from Austria into Germany.

These people are in transit. Refugees mainly leave for Germany in an organised fashion, and some go there on their own, he told Hina.

Gruendbock explained that Austria had not imposed any restrictions on quotas of refugees arriving in his country,

"There is no daily contingent," he said, adding that between 6,000 and 7,000 are entering Austria daily, mainly passing across its southern border.

A recent decision by Hungary to seal off its border with Croatia and Serbia rerouted migrants via Slovenia and triggered off speculations about a possibility of Austria and Germany restricting the refugee flow.

On the other hand, migrants and refugees keep coming from Serbia to Croatia, and on Tuesday Croatian police officers, including riot police, were deployed along the frontier between the Croatian border village of Bapska and Berkasovo in Serbia. Serbian police forces were also noticed near the border on Tuesday.

Refugees and migrants, exhausted by long journeys, are scattered in the area, many of them sitting or lying on blankets on the rain-drenched ground, waiting for permission to move on towards northern and western Europe.

Volunteers of Serbian NGOs and the Red Cross were there distributing food and clothes to refugees in transit.

Dusica Poletan of the Serbian Red Cross in the border town of Sid said on Tuesday afternoon that fewer refugees were arriving than on Monday.

She said that a thousand parcels with necessities for mothers, children and disabled people had been handed out to refugees within a few hours.

Serbian electronic media said that some 1,000 refugees from the Middle East were waiting at the Berkasovo-Bapska border crossing. Serbian Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that the situation at the border crossing had somewhat improved compared to the previous days.

Serbia expects the migrant tide to continue from Macedonia and Bulgaria in the coming days.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:32

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