Othmar Commenda, Austria’s most senior soldier, has suggested that the Mediterranean route used by migrants could be secured by the military.
“Within the EU, most members already have the necessary strategic means to control the migration routes by sea – and to limit illegal migration.
“From a military point of view, almost all of these refugee boats heading for Europe can be intercepted,” he added.
Commenda goes on to explain that the EU could follow Australia’s lead and stop boats crossing the Med, returning migrants to safe zones in Africa.
He says the idea of protected zones is “proven” and “is already being applied in Syria.”