Police officers directed migrants to buses at a camp near the village of Roszke, Hungary, on Monday.
By MELISSA EDDY and DAN BILEFSKY
September 14, 2015
BERLIN — Austria, Slovakia and the Netherlands introduced border controls on Monday, as Germany’s decision over the weekend to set up checks began to ripple across a bloc struggling to deal with the influx of migrants coming to the Continent.
In Hungary, the authorities said that a near-record 5,353 migrants had crossed into the country from Serbia before noon on Monday — even as Budapest continued to try to seal off that border, which is being reinforced with the construction of a 109-mile fence made with razor wire.
Citing Hungary’s decision to make unauthorized entry into the country a criminal offense starting on Tuesday, Serbia said it would set up reception centers in the north of the country and pleaded for the European Union, of which it is not a member, to take action. About 3,500 migrants were expected to pass through Serbia on Monday, most of them hoping to continue to Germany or Austria.
The Dutch authorities said that they would conduct spot checks at their country’s border with Germany. Slovakia announced temporary controls, and the addition of 220 officers, along its borders with Hungary and Austria.
Graphic | Seeking a Fair Distribution of Migrants in Europe German and European Union leaders have called for European countries to share the burden of absorbing the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have poured into the continent this summer.
While Berlin said the controls along the German-Austrian border were only a temporary, emergency measure, the restrictions, a response to the strain on local communities, signaled that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcoming stance toward the migrants was encountering domestic resistance.
Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told members of his center-left Social Democratic Party, which governs with Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, that Germany could face the arrival of even more migrants this year than the government had projected. “There are many indications that in this year we will not see 800,000 refugees, as predicted, but a million,” he said in a letter to his party.
“Germany is strong and can handle a lot,” Mr. Gabriel wrote. “Nevertheless, in the past few days we have experienced how, despite our best efforts, our abilities have reached their limits.& …Read More