The ruling coalition of Austria is preparing a law that will allow to refuse to provide accommodation to asylum seekers whose petitions were rejected. This was reported by Deutsche Welle.
“(Asylum seekers – ed.) you get nothing from the Austrian state if they have no right to be here. Or is it so hard to understand?” – said the Minister of internal Affairs of Austria Wolfgang Sobotka.
He noted that the four thousand refugees that have to leave the country, continue to receive free services from the state. With the adoption of the new law these people can be fined in the amount from five thousand to 15 thousand Euro.
Local office of the UN high Commissioner for refugees criticized the legislative initiative as “very questionable” and urged lawmakers to consider it before voting.
Now asylum seekers in Austria receive free housing, food, medical care, and the monthly 40 Euro pocket money. The new law, if supported by Parliament, will be part of a package of legislative changes, including including the imposition of fines (up to 5000 euros) and imprisonment (up to three weeks) for refugees who have submitted false information about himself. In 2015, Austria took about 90 thousand asylum seekers.
22 February it was reported that the authorities of Austria have accused 27-year-old asylum-seeker from Syria in “the murders on the grounds of terrorism.”
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