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The Netherlands has stepped up the monitoring of traffic crossing its frontiers, a government minister said on Monday, as countries across Europe move to tighten border controls in response to an unprecedented migration crisis.

The move follows a decision last September to deploy mobile border guard units along roads and railways lines to intercept migrants and separate them from asylum seekers.

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Mounting concern in Europe over the scale of the refugee crisis burst into the open when the Dutch prime minister warned that without a reduction in the flow of migrants, border-free travel under the Schengen agreement could break down within two months.

Speaking in Davos, at the World Economic Forum, Mark Rutte said Europe was close to breaking point and needed to come up with a common response or run the risk that one of the EU’s founding principles would start to unravel. “We need to get a grip on this issue in the next six to eight weeks”, Rutte said.

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Mounting concern in Europe over the scale of the refugee crisis burst into the open when the Dutch prime minister warned that without a reduction in the flow of migrants, border-free travel under the Schengen agreement could break down within two months.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he would argue for a “yes” vote in an upcoming referendum on a treaty on closer ties between the European Union and Ukraine which threatens to overshadow his presidency of the 28-member bloc.

Rutte’s remarks came a day after European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned that a rejection of the treaty by Dutch voters could lead to a “continental crisis”.

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encryptionThe Netherlands has said it will not force tech firms to share encrypted communications such as emails with its security agencies.

The move puts the country in stark contrast with US and UK officials, who have argued agencies need such access to fight terrorism.

The Netherlands began reviewing its policies after the recent Paris terrorist attacks.

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