Trump Effect Comes to Austria: Conservative Government Announces New Rules for Asylum Seekers


Sebastian Kurz, ÖVP, will be Europe’s youngest leader, with 31 years. FPÖ-chief Heinz-Christian Strache (r.) will be vice-chancellor. (Vlad Tepes)

Europe’s youngest leader Sebastian Kurz and his conservative government announced new rules changes for asylum seekers.

The incoming migrants and refugees will have to surrender their cell phones and all cash at the border.

The new migrant children will be required to speak German before joining the school system.

These common sense proposals are considered extreme “right wing” policies in Europe today.

Via Die Welt and Vlads Tepes:

Austria will adopt a new style with the new ÖVP-FPÖ government. This had been clear for quite a while. But what are the plans of the coalition under the new chancellor Kurz? The government program “For our Austria”, Für unser Österreich, details it.

After seven weeks of negotiations, ÖVP and FPÖ agreed on a 182 pages strong government program for the next five years. The coalition of conservatives and right-wing-populists declare their clear dedication for the EU.

The preface of the pact says: “A strong Austria, where we can seize the opportunities of the 21st century, can only exist in a strong Europe”. A fundament of solid politics was, among others, comprised of the basic principles of the European Union. The parties’ councils approved the pact late Friday evening unanimously.

But what exactly does “Together. For our Austria” say? Some of the points were already extracted on Saturday. But what do general statements like “stop illegal migration” and “speed up asylum proceedings” really mean? These are the most important of the planned measures.

Migration and refugees

– Whoever applies for asylum in Austria will have to hand over all of his cash at the application. The sum is to be used to cover the basic supply costs.

– Asylum seekers have to hand over their mobile phones to the authorities. These will analyse the phone data, to clarify identities (for example in social networks) and to verify the denoted travel route. The smart phones won’t be completely confiscated though.

– Quicker withdrawal of protection status at travels to the homeland.

– During the asylum procedure, asylum seekers will receive non-cash benefits only, no more cash.

– The doctoral obligation to confidentiality will be suspended, when illnesses of an asylum seeker are “relevant to the basic supply”.

– Refugee children will learn German in so-called bridge classes. Until now, they were integrated directly into the school system.

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