Euro migrant crisis: Austria’s new border inspections create 18-mile highway back-up

Euro migrant crisis: Austria’s new border inspections create 18-mile highway back-up

Austria stepped up truck inspections Monday at its Hungarian border after 71 migrants apparently suffocated in one, creating a massive, 30-kilometer (18 1/2-mile) traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.

In addition to the backup at the Hegyeshalom border crossing, traffic was slower than usual at other Hungary-Austria border crossings, the traffic watch firm Utinform reported.

And in Germany, the state government in Bavaria, which has all of Germany’s border crossings with Austria, said Monday it also had launched special traffic checks on highways near the border.

All three countries are part of the EU’s Schengen zone of passport-free travel, where under normal circumstances vehicles are rarely inspected at the border anymore. …

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About 160,000 migrants have been detained already this year in Hungary, more than triple the figure recorded in all of 2014. Many apply for asylum but quickly leave the financially strapped European Union nation for richer EU countries like Germany and Austria before their requests are decided.

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