Austria has begun selective controls of vehicles at three main border crossings with Hungary as it tries to impose some order over the stream of refugees and other migrants from that country. Police say the controls, in effect since early Wednesday, may be extended to 10 crossings, with vehicles being stopped selectively for checks of passports and other travel documents. Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner has said that Syrians and others in danger in their home countries can continue to ask for asylum in Austria. She says they will also be free to travel on to Germany, as has been the case up to now.
But wait — there’s more! Croatia has now become a new invasion point:
First groups of migrants have started arriving in Croatia — a new entry point into the European Union after Hungary sealed off its border with Serbia with massive coils of barbed wire. About 80 people crossed early on Wednesday after they were first bused to the Serbian border town of Sid, following an all-night ride from the southern border with Macedonia.
Dozens of police and aid workers waited for the migrants across the border in Croatia, where they are being registered. Local media say some migrants have sought to cross into Croatia through nearby fields to avoid registration. Officials say three more buses are expected to arrive in Sid later in the morning. Migrants have avoided Croatia in the past because they must still go into Hungary or Slovenia before reaching Austria or Germany.
And they’re still flooding into Greece from Muslim Turkey:
Greece’s coast guard says it has picked up hundreds of people from the sea near eastern Aegean islands as they attempted to reach Greece clandestinely from the nearby Turkish coast.
The coast guard said Wednesday it rescued 773 people in 19 separate search and rescue operations from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning off the coasts of the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Rhodes. The figures do not include the hundreds more who manage to reach the islands themselves, usually in overcrowded inflatable dinghies or wooden boats.
More than 250,000 people have reached Greece clandestinely so far this year, the vast majority of them Syrians or Afghans fleeing conflict at home. Few, if any, want to remain in financially strapped Greece, with most heading north overland through the Balkans to more prosperous European countries such as Germany and Sweden.
We’re watching the entire European project unravel before our eyes and Europe’s leaders bask in self-congratulation at their moral superiority. This won’t end well.