Austria send troops to stop migrants crossing Italy border

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Austria has moved four armoured vehicles to the Italian border and has 750 soldiers primed to stop migrants from crossing into the country.

With the border already beefed up, government officials have said it is likely to set up controls at the busy Alpine Brenner Pass in the south of the country 'very soon' to tackle the migrant influx.

The planned controls will not be exclusive to the key trade pass, a defence ministry spokesman said - a move that Italy warned last year would break EU rules on free movement.

'I expect border controls will be introduced very soon,' Defence Minister Peter Doskozil said on Tuesday.

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