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Sep 07, 2016

Migrant crisis still a major problem one year on

Still, to this very day, large numbers of migrants continue to make their way into Hungary and across the border into Austria from areas of the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa

More than a year after the migrant crisis began in Europe, there seems to be no sign of the troubles letting up.

Hungary and Austria's border fast became a focal point of a mass influx of refugees to Europe, many of them heading for Germany, which caused a number of problems within those two nations.

Still, to this very day, large numbers of migrants continue to make their way into Hungary and across the border into Austria from areas of the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa hit by conflict and poverty.

Reuters writes that the situation has left many Hungarians and Austrians on edge and could shape the outcome of two votes on October 2, when Austria elects a president and Hungary decides whether to accept mandatory European Union quotas for resettling migrants.

"Clearly this is a polarizing issue that has stoked a lot of fears," Austrian Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil told Reuters.

Like many people in Austria, a country of 8.5 million that has taken in about 110,000 asylum seekers since last summer, he sees a risk that the migrant crisis could worsen again.

He believes Austria could become the destination for migrants making their way from Africa through Italy.

"That must be stopped," Doskozil said.

Election of a far-right president in Austria and rejection of the quota plan in Hungary would likely challenge the EU, which is already struggling to articulate a common vision after Britain's vote on June 23 to leave the bloc

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