Austria increases control on Hungary border

Austria has tightened control at the border with Hungary due to an increased inflow of illegal migrants, Austrian news agency APA said on Tuesday.

A battalion of the Austrian Armed Forces are patrolling the area between the villages of Oberpullendorf (Felsopulya) and Neusiedler (Nezsider) using infrared cameras and drones, APA said.

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer visited the region earlier in the day, and said the measures were designed to deter illegal migrants from trying to enter the country.

The Burgenland regional police have said that so far, 5,400 illegal migrants have been detained in the border area this year. In 2016, altogether 6,500 migrants attempted to cross the border during the entire year, the police said.

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