The Latest: Austrian Jewish leader worries about migrants

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Posted: Nov 23, 2015 11:51 AM
The Latest: Austrian Jewish leader worries about migrants

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe:

5:50 p.m.

The head of Vienna's Jewish community is expressing concern that the influx of migrants to Austria could result in a spike in anti-Semitism.

Oskar Deutsch says that among the migrants are those who have grown up on a diet of anti-Semitism. And he says Austria has now "more or less" reached its capacity as far as taking in new arrivals is concerned.

He told reporters Monday that some of those seeking asylum in Austria are only "so-called refugees," suggesting they have no reason to seek the safe haven reserved for those fleeing war and persecution.

Austria is bracing for a total of about 95,000 refugees this year, just over 1 percent of its population.


4:05 p.m.

German police say 180,000 asylum seekers have entered the country so far this month, pushing the year's overall figure already well beyond the number the government's estimate for the full year.

The Bundespolizei, responsible for border security, confirmed Monday 180,000 had arrived this month, positioning November to most likely break the previous monthly high of 181,000 set in October.

Germany had reported more than 758,000 arrivals from January through October, meaning that now the country has seen more than 938,000 newcomers.

The Interior Ministry in August forecast 800,000 would arrive this year. Since then it has refused to update the figure, saying doing so could be misconstrued as an invitation.

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said, however, that 1 million could come and now even that seems too low.


4:00 p.m.

Poland's new Prime Minister Beata Szydlo says the country is not ready to take in 7,000 refugees, a figure accepted by the previous government.

Szydlo also said Monday she believes that the European Union members would like to reopen discussion on migrant policy. She mentioned Denmark's recent declaration it will restrict its rules on accepting migrants.

Szydlo says the situation has changed since the Paris attacks. She says: "The current solutions are not good and we are ready to sit down and discuss them."

Earlier Monday Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that the previous government's decision to accept 7,000 refugees was "wrong."


2:30 p.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have recovered the body of a 4-year-girl who was among a group of 10 migrants reported missing after a boat sank on its way to Greece.

The Anadolu Agency says the girl's body was discovered Sunday among rocks in the resort of Bodrum.

She was identified as one of the 10 reported missing Nov. 18 by one of the five survivors, Anadolu said.

The migrant who identified her said a woman addressed the girl as "Sena" during their ill-fated journey to the Greek island of Kos, according to Anadolu.

Save the Children charity group says more than 70 children have drowned trying to reach Greece since September.


12:55 p.m.

Six Iranian migrants have sewn their mouths shut during a protest near the village of Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonia border.

They took the action Monday as several hundred migrants, many from Iran and Morocco, protested for a fourth straight day at the border.

Macedonia and other Balkan countries have toughened criteria for border crossings in the wake of the deadly Nov. 13 Paris attacks.

Police say 2,900 people crossed the border into Macedonia in the 24 hours before 6 a.m. Monday, down from more than 6,000 on the previous day.


12:05 p.m.

Poland's new interior minister says the decision by the previous government to accept 7,000 refugees was "wrong."

Mariusz Blaszczak said on state radio on Monday that the new government will make "no compromises" as far as the security of the Poles is concerned.

He did not say whether the government will reverse the decision that was part of the European Union's plan to share some 160,000 refugees who came to Italy and Greece.

The new conservative Cabinet of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo was sworn in last week.