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Germany Imposes Border Controls Amid Migrant, Refugee Influx

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A migrant girl waits to board a bus after arriving by train at Schoenefeld railway station, south of Berlin, Germany, September 13, 2015.

A migrant girl waits to board a bus after arriving by train at Schoenefeld railway station, south of Berlin, Germany, September 13, 2015.

Germany is temporarily reinstating passport controls along its border with EU partner Austria to limit the flow of migrants and refugees.

"The aim of this measure is to stop the current influx to Germany and to return to an orderly process," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Sunday.

Germany and Austria recently agreed to let in migrants in a bid to alleviate the number gathering in Hungary.

German police say some 12,200 refugees seeking asylum in the European Union flooded into the southern German city of Munich Saturday.

In another attempt to control the flow of migrants, train service from Austria to Germany was suspended Sunday, rail officials in both countries announced. Travel in the other direction, from Germany to Austria, was unclear, a spokeswoman for Austrian rail company OeBB said.

A refugee shouts as he swims towards the shore after a dinghy carrying Syrian and Afghan refugees deflated some 100m away before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, September 13, 2015.

A refugee shouts as he swims towards the shore after a dinghy carrying Syrian and Afghan refugees deflated some 100m away before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, September 13, 2015.

28 drown after boat capsizes

More than 430,000 migrants seeking a better life, including refugees from Syria and Iraq, have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year. Nearly 3,000 have died trying, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

That figure crept higher Sunday, when at least 28 people drowned off Greece after their boat capsized.

Scores more were rescued near the island of Farmakonisi in the southeastern Aegean Sea.

Meanwhile, Austrian police say they rescued 42 people believed to be migrants stowed in a refrigerated flower truck on a highway near the German border on Sunday. Two Iraqis suspected as smugglers were arrested, police said.

Authorities are on high alert after the decomposing remains of 71 people believed to be migrants were found on an eastern Austrian highway last month.

Protesters shout anti-migrant slogans as several thousand right-wing nationalists march through downtown Warsaw, demonstrating against EU-proposed quotas for Poland to spread the human tide of refugees around Europe, Sept. 12, 2015.

Protesters shout anti-migrant slogans as several thousand right-wing nationalists march through downtown Warsaw, demonstrating against EU-proposed quotas for Poland to spread the human tide of refugees around Europe, Sept. 12, 2015.

Quotas rejected

On Friday at a meeting in Prague, the foreign ministers of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia refused entreaties by their counterparts from wealthier Germany and Luxembourg to accept mandatory migrant quotas, despite the endorsement by the United Nations of a plan that would allow for the distribution of 160,000 migrants among the 28 EU member nations.

Romania's interior minister on Sunday said his country will not meet the European Union request to take an additional 4,650 people more than the 1,785 asylum seekers it initially agreed to.

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea says he has a "very clear mandate" from the president and prime minister to refuse the request. He spoke Sunday ahead of an interior ministers' meeting Monday in Brussels on Europe's migration crisis.

He also said Romania will vote against having obligatory migrant quotas for EU nations.

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