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Austria

2019

23

Jan

Austrian politics sees significant rise in Islamophobia

A study by an NGO revealed that in 2018 senior politicians in Austria participated in 20 campaigns against Muslims. SOS Mitmensch in a news conference on Tuesday shared with journalists its study on Islamophobic and anti-Muslim campaigns in 2018 in Austrian politics. It said that ruling Freedom Party Chairman and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, the […]

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Source: Haberler , Muslim News

18

Jan

Austria tilting law against Syrian asylum-seekers

The Austrian government is seemingly determined to make it easier to expel Syrian asylum-seekers. Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said Thursday that he believes a readmission agreement with the Syrian regime will be very effective. Speaking to Kronen daily, Kickl claimed an increase in the crime rate due to foreigners has been seen in the past year and […]

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Source: NTV , AA

11

Jan

Austria’s Post Office under fire over sharing data on political allegiances

Austria’s national post office found itself under fire on Tuesday for collecting and selling information about customers’ political allegiances in what privacy campaigners say bears similarities to the Facebook data-sharing scandal. According to the investigative journalism website Addendum, the Austrian Post sold the names, addresses, age and gender of around three million customers to other companies for […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Local

2018

25

Dec

Austria announce plans to automatically deny asylum to all migrants who arrive in Europe with the help of smugglers

All migrants who arrive in Europe with the help of human traffickers will be automatically denied asylum in Austria, under new plans revealed by its Interior Minister today. Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, a member of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), said his plans aim to punish migrants using smugglers by handing down an automatic negative […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Daily Mail

05

Dec

Austria uses language barrier to cut benefits

Foreigners who have moved to Austria but have not yet picked up the language are to be penalised under controversial reforms to the country’s social welfare system, as the right-wing government steps up its efforts to deter immigration. The Austrian government plans to penalise the unemployed by cutting €300 from their monthly benefits if they […]

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Country: Austria
Source: EN , Independent

23

Nov

Austrian Chancellor blames Muslim migration for rising anti-Semitism in Europe

Speaking at an anti-Semitism conference on November 22, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz blamed Islamic migration for the rise of incidents against Jews in Europe.  “You should only let as many people immigrate in a country as many as many you are able to integrate. So, I think that a not-registered, and not-organised flow of immigrants can always […]

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Source: TRT Haber , Voice of Europe

22

Nov

Austria prepares for headscarf ban in primary schools

Austria’s far-right government has introduced a draft law to the parliament to ban the headscarf in primary schools, planning to implement it without the support of the opposition. Transport Minister Norber Hofer told a news conference following the Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday that the government sent the draft law to the opposition parties. Hofer said […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Hürriyet , AA

31

Oct

Austria says it won’t sign UN global migration pact

The Austrian government said Wednesday that it won’t sign a global compact to promote safe and orderly migration, citing concerns about national sovereignty as it joined neighboring Hungary in shunning the agreement. Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz took office last December in a coalition with the nationalist, anti-migration Freedom Party. Austria currently holds the European Union’s […]

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Source: AP , Euronews

29

Aug

Austria asylum seekers to be denied apprenticeships

Austria will no longer allow asylum seekers to take up apprenticeship opportunities while their claims are being assessed, a policy reversal by the country’s anti-immigration government criticised by the opposition. The decision reverses a 2012 policy aimed at integrating refugees. A coalition of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’ conservative People’s Party (VPOe) and the far-right Freedom Party […]

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Country: Austria
Source: World Bulletin

23

Jul

Austria bans driver license exams to be held in Turkish

Learner drivers in Austria will no longer be able to take their theory test in Turkish, the transport ministry said on July 21, blaming the cost of translating the exam. Of the nearly 300,000 theory tests taken last year, 3,631 were conducted in Turkish — or 1.2 percent of the total. The ministry, which in Austria’s new coalition government belongs to the far-right […]

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Country: Austria
Source: BBC Türkçe , Hurriyet Daily News