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Migrants walk between registration tents at the border to Slovenia in Spielfeld, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Austriaâs interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said the country plans to extend border controls to Italy as it plans for possible shifts in migrant inflows to the country. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Austrian army soldiers practice the protection of the border between Slovenia and Austria in Strass near Spielfeld, southern Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Austrian poklice practice the protection of the border between Slovenia and Austria in Strass near Spielfeld, southern Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Austriaâs interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said the country plans to extend border controls to Italy as it plans for possible shifts in migrant inflows to the country. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Migrants line up at a transit area between Austria and Slovenia at a border crossing in Spielfeld, Austria on December 9, 2015. Austria has begun to build a 3,7 km long fence to regulate migrants around the border crossing. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR / AFP / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants line up at transit area between Austria and Slovenia at border crossing in Spielfeld, Austria on December 9, 2015. Austria has begun to build a 3,7 km long fence to regulate migrants around the border crossing. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR / AFP / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants line up at transit area between Austria and Slovenia 3,7 km long fence at a border crossing between Austria and Slovenia at Spielfeld, Austria on December 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR / AFP / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants line up at transit area between Austria and Slovenia at a border crossing in Spielfeld, Austria on December 9, 2015. Austria has begun to build a 3,7 km long fence to regulate migrants around the border crossing. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR / AFP / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants wait for buses after crossing the border between Slovenian and Austria in Spielfeld, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Tens of thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
MISTLBERG, AUSTRIA - OCTOBER 17: Migrants who had arrived via buses chartered by Austrian authorities walk towards the border to Germany on October 17, 2015 near Mistlberg, Austria. According to a German police spokesman approximately 6,000 migrants are arriving daily over the Austrian border just in the area of southeastern Bavaria near the city of Passau. Most arrive via the Balkan route and once in Austria are transported by Austrian authorities to locations near the border to Germany. Germany has reportedly registered over 800,000 migrants this year, 400,000 in September alone. The migrants include many refugees from countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Germany is struggling to accommodate the many migrants, most of whom will apply for asylum. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Participants light their candles and torches as they stand on a bridge at the border between Austria and Germany during a demonstration for "Human refugee policy in a Europe without borders" in support of migrants, in Salzburg, Austria, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Participants with candles and torches for a chain across a bridge at the border between Austria and Germany during a demonstration for "Human refugee policy in a Europe without borders" in support of migrants, in Salzburg, Austria, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
WEGSCHEID, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 18: Refugees cross the border between Austria and Germany, on November 18, 2015 near Wegscheid, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Barth/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WEGSCHEID, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 18: Refugees wait in a camp to cross the border between Austria and Germany, on November 18, 2015 near Wegscheid, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Barth/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Soldiers are at work to build a fence at a crossing point used by migrants on the border with Slovenia in Spielfeld, on December 7, 2015. Austria announced last month -- before the Paris terror attacks -- plans for the barrier along a 3.7-kilometre (2.3-mile) stretch either side of the crossing point. / AFP / Rene Gomolj (Photo credit should read RENE GOMOLJ/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees are at work to build a fence at a crossing point used by migrants on the border with Slovenia in Spielfeld, on December 7, 2015. Austria announced last month -- before the Paris terror attacks -- plans for the barrier along a 3.7-kilometre (2.3-mile) stretch either side of the crossing point. / AFP / RENE GOMOLJ (Photo credit should read RENE GOMOLJ/AFP/Getty Images)
Austrian soldiers are building a fence to improve the procedure for arriving refugees at the border between Slovenian and Austria in Spielfeld, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Migrants wait in a line for warm clothes as they stand on a snow covered meadow at the border between Austria and Germany in Hanging, Austria Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
A young migrant with a balloon in his hand stands on a snow0covered meadow at the border between Austria and Germany in Hanging , Austria, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Migrants walk to a first registration point of the German federal police after they crossed the Austrian-German border in the small Bavarian village of Simbach, southern Germany, on November 2, 2015. AFP PHTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria, which angered European Union peers by announcing a daily cap on immigration and asylum claims, said on Friday it was happy with the decision and would have to introduce even stricter limits in future.

The daily limits, of 3,200 migrants crossing the border and 80 asylum claims announced on the eve of an EU leaders' summit, were widely seen as undermining Germany's quest for a joint EU solution to the bloc's refugee crisis in tandem with Turkey.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed exasperation on Thursday at the move, and the EU's migration chief that the cap on asylum claims would break EU and international humanitarian law.

But Austria, the last stop on the way to Germany for the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have flocked to Europe, appeared undeterred, and its interior minister said the daily caps had been introduced on Friday morning.

"I am very happy with our decision and we will stick to it," Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told reporters as she arrived at a conference. "We will have to reduce these upper limits further."

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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