Closing borders is supposed to create a sense of security for those within. (…) ‘protecting’ borders also suggests that there is something to be protected from.
Following the Czech example, Austria introduced strict border controls on the Austro-Slovak borders on September 30 to prevent human trafficking, as announced by the Austrian minister of Interior. Initially for ten days, police will now stop cars, vans and trucks at the border and will intensify controls in the immediate proximity of the border. Verena Wisthaler spoke with Dr. Judith Kohlenberger, expert on refugees and migration, on the efficiency of such measures.
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