Vienna sees 300,000 migrants heading for Italy

Double 2015, not Syrian says Mikl-Litener

07 April, 13:48

    (ANSAmed) - BERLIN, APRIL 7 - Vienna estimates the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy may double this year from 150,000 in 2015 to 300,000, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told the APA news agency Thursday ahead of a Friday meeting with Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano. "Syrians are not arriving in Europe along this route, but above all people from North Africa, who do not have asylum rights," she said.

    Austria may close the Brenner Pass if migrant flows become uncontrollable, Mikl-Leitner told APA. "Italy cannot count on the fact that the Brenner will remain open if uncontrollable migrant flows arrive," he said. "As was done with the countries on the Balkan route, Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia, we want to inform Italy too of the measures we will take if there is an uncontrolled flow of migrants from Italy to Austria.(ANSAmed).

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