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Austrian police: Work starts on border controls with Italy

  • A young girl walks past a banner that reads, ''The European Union murderous'',  during a march in support of refugees and migrants entering Europe, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, April 11, 2016.  (AP Photo/ Alvaro Barrientos)

    A young girl walks past a banner that reads, ''The European Union murderous'', during a march in support of refugees and migrants entering Europe, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/ Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrant girls waits on public water pipe to fill water, at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck her for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Migrant girls waits on public water pipe to fill water, at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck her for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

  • Men lay across the rail tracks preventing a Greece locomotive to drive away a cargo wagon at the makeshift camp  at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month with hopes that the border would reopen. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Men lay across the rail tracks preventing a Greece locomotive to drive away a cargo wagon at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month with hopes that the border would reopen. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

Austrian police say that work on creating border controls at the main crossing to Italy is starting with construction scheduled to be completed by the end of May.

They say that crews will begin pouring concrete Tuesday for the foundations of a registration hall, barriers and other structures at the Brenner pass in response to an anticipated flow of migrants trying to enter Austria after arriving in Italy over the Mediterranean.

Austrian officials say migrants trying to reach prosperous EU countries will likely turn to that route, now that there is no free passage from Turkey into Greece and on through the West Balkans.

The Brenner crossing links the two countries with a multi-lane highway and a two-lane road, as well as rail tracks.