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800 refugees block Austrian highway

An influx of up to 800 refugees crossing the border illegally from Hungary surprised Austrian police on Thursday evening, who were forced to close a regional highway to deal with them, Reuters reports.

800 refugees block Austrian highway
Photo: zsolt szigetvary/mti

According to police in Burgenland, the wave of migrants arriving across the border left police scrambling to arrange transport to reception centres.

“We will wait and see what the situation is in the next few hours and tonight, if more people come. This is absolutely possible,” police spokesman Helmut Marban said.

Police believe that a regional train stopped on the Hungarian side of the border, allowing the group of several hundred to disembark and begin their journey to Austria on foot.

Austria has reinstated border checks and vehicle inspections to intercept people smugglers, but continues to assist asylum seekers to make their way to Germany, or to claim asylum in Austria if they prefer.

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Tell us: What was your experience like dealing with Vienna’s MA35?

The office for immigration and citizenship in Vienna is for many immigrants their first encounter with Austrian bureaucracy. We want to hear from you about your own experience dealing with officials and the process.

Tell us: What was your experience like dealing with Vienna's MA35?

Vienna’s MA35 is a well-known office for immigrants in Austria, particularly those who live in the capital. It has received plenty of criticism for long delays, mistakes and even mistreatment of those seeking services from renewing a visa to applying for Austrian citizenship.

Yet, it is an integral part of life for immigrants and their family members, as the office is responsible for residence permits (from visas to the Anmeldebescheiningung for EU citizens), naturalisation applications and more. In short: there is no escaping it.

So, we want to hear from you: What has been your experience and importantly do you have any advice for others?

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