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German border closings leave migrants in the cold

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 01:32

Security measures in advance of the G-7 summit are preventing migrants from continuing their journey from Italy to Northern Europe. Sean Carberry reports.

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For migrants who successfully reach Italy from Africa or the Middle East, there is a new roadblock on their journey to asylum: the G-7 summit. Due to heightened security measures in advance of next month's meeting of world leaders, Germany has suspended its open border policy. As a result, hundreds of migrants hoping to traverse the Italian Alps must find another route to Northern Europe. The UN estimates that more than 35,000 migrants have survived dangerous boat trips to Italy from North Africa this year. On a typical morning at the Bolzano train station in Italy, migrants board local trains that climb the Brenner Pass to Austria. But, on Thursday Austrian and Italian police prevented migrants from getting on trains heading to Austria. As many as 100 migrants slept overnight at train stations in Italy where temperatures were near freezing. Roberto De Fant, works for the Associazione Volontarius, which provides food to the migrants. He says they will fulfill their migratory dream one way or another. Some have tried to walk the highways. De Fant says others take a more dangerous route - they walk the train tracks.

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German border closings leave migrants in the cold

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 01:32