Austria migrant cap angers EU

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VIENNA: Austria’s new daily cap on asylum seekers entered into force Friday, in a move that the European Commission has described as “plainly incompatible” with European Union laws. A maximum of 80 migrants per day are being allowed to claim asylum in the country, police said. In addition, Vienna is limiting the daily number of people transiting Austria to seek asylum in a neighboring country to 3,200. Once the quotas have been reached, “the borders will be closed,” a police spokesman said. “Such a policy would be plainly incompatible with Austria’s obligations under European and international law,” European migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos complained in a letter to Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner.

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