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Published on Jun 13, 2015
Austria has stopped processing asylum requests in a bid to pressure other European Union member states. The country's interior minister stated the decision is intended to spur other European nations into helping refugees entering the continent. Johanna Mikl-Leitner added that they also intended to, "stop the Austria asylum express." The application processing was suspended on Friday. The announcement comes ahead of a planned meeting of interior ministers from EU member states on Tuesday. Mikl-Leitner has renewed her demand for other countries to adopt fixed quotas for taking in asylum seekers. New applications will still be registered but they will temporarily not be processed; officials are expected to focus on deportations and repatriations.