• Austria's news in English
Austria prepares to build 400 metre fence on Italian border

Austria prepares to build 400 metre fence on Italian border

The Local · 27 Apr 2016, 16:20

Published: 27 Apr 2016 16:20 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The head of Tyrol’s provincial police force Helmut Tomac made the remarks at a press conference on Wednesday, the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper reported.

The police chief said that whether a fence is erected depended on "the co-operation of the Italians", reiterating a similar statement he made over the weekend.

The Brenner border pass between Italy and Austria has become a focal point in Austria’s increasingly hardline policy towards migrants in recent weeks, which has seen the country erect fences and increase checks at its borders.

Tomac has been overseeing building work at Brenner to reinforce facilities at the checkpoint and allow cars and larger vehicles to be channelled into different lanes so they can be checked by border police.

Rumours that Austria will build a fence in the area have been around for some weeks, although this is the first time the length of the fence has been mentioned.

A fence erected near the town of Spielfeld on the country’s southern border with Slovenia in February is 370-metres-long.

Story continues below…

Austria’s new Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka confirmed over the weekend that continuous border controls will be introduced on the border with Italy at the end of May which he said are necessary “to continue to guarantee the security of Austria.”

He said then that a fence may also be erected along the border “if Italy does not introduce measures” to control the numbers at the border.

Speaking on Saturday, Tomac said they expect between 400 and 500 refugees a day at Brenner rather than the tens of thousands who arrived at Spielfeld last year.

He added then that whether a fence is erected depends on whether Italian authorities took measures to organise the refugees, for example by “sending them back again”.

“Then there is no need for a fence,” he said, quoted in the ORF.

For more news from Austria, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
The Local List
Five things you need to know about winter tyres
Photo: carmagazine.co.uk

It’s that time of year when temperatures start to plunge and drivers are advised to switch to winter tyres to avoid being caught out by snow and ice on the roads.

Radioactive uranium rocks on display in Austrian schools
Uraninite crystals. Photo: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com/Wikimedia

Education officials have carried out urgent checks in schools across the country after one of the stones on display in a classroom turned out to be radioactive.

Austrian churches slam far-right's 'God' slogan
Campaign poster for Norbert Hofer. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Austrian church officials have denounced far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer for "instrumentalising" God in a new slogan.

'Scary clown' pushes 14-year-old off his bike in Salzburg
Generic photo: Graeme Maclean/Flick

A 14-year-old boy in Salzburg has been injured after being pushed off his bike by an individual dressed as a scary clown.

Police puzzled by random stabbing of teenager in Vienna
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

A 15-year-old boy who was stabbed near his home in the Vienna district of Liesing on Friday morning by a complete stranger has spoken to the police.

'Sensational' 300-year-old Madonna found in Burgenland
The head of the statue was found beside the body. Photo: ORF

A 300-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary has been found hidden in a chapel next to a Catholic church in Loretto, Burgenland.

Baumgartner 'failed to mention Red Bull' before jumping to Earth
Felix Baumgartner. Photo: Red Bull Stratos

Felix Baumgartner has been accused of cheating his Red Bull sponsors after he failed to mention the energy drink just before he jumped to Earth.

Verdict on swimming pool rape case overturned
The Theresienbad swimming pool in Vienna. Photo: Wikimedia

An Iraqi refugee who was jailed after claiming it was a sexual emergency when he raped a boy in a swimming pool has had the sentence overturned.

Vienna Comic Con promises to be 'bigger and more galactic'
Cosplay star Yaya Han. Copyright: Yaya Han/Bryan Humphrey

Comic Con returns to the Austrian capital on November 19th-20th at the Messe Wien.

Three refugees arrested on drugs charges
Cannabis plants. Photo: J. Patrick Bedell/Wikimedia

A gang of three Afghani drug dealers has been busted in Vienna.

12 brilliant German words you won't find in English
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Five films which will change your mind about Austrian cinema
Those surprising Austrians!
100 years since the last emperor's death
Afghani family's new home in Austria
Der you learn Deutsch?
Delighted by the light
Beware these passport scams
Of course we skipped Oarsch
Foodies rejoice at the choice!
Travel & Tourism
10 years after her escape from captivity
Surviving the Brexit for British expats
Day 2 of the World Bodypainting Festival 2016
Is Islam hostile to Western society?
Bodypainting festival in southern Austria
Europe's ice cream capital
Best Austrian beauty spots
Travel & Tourism
Three days in Vienna as a tourist
How to make friends in Austria
jobs available