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Austria

2018

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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Country: Austria
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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Country: Austria
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

29

Jun

Go back to Turkey, Austrian far-right politician tells Turks who voted for Erdogan

Expatriate Turks who helped to reelect President Recep Tayyip Erdogan do not belong in Austria, a leading far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) official said, revealing the rising anti-Erdogan sentiments in yet another xenophobic statement. After a partial vote count showed that 72 percent of Turks in Austria backed Erdogan, deputy FPÖ chief Johann Gudenus said […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Daily Sabah

14

Jun

Austrian rightist calls for prohibition of fasting in schools

The Secretary General of the Austrian People’s Party, Karl Nehammer, called for a ban on fasting for school-age children. He said that he had received “innumerable” reports from teachers about the welfare of children during Ramadan. “If religious rituals, regardless of religion, endanger the health of children, this is clearly going too far,” Nehammer said. “If religion […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Gatestone Institute , TRT Haber

13

Jun

Racist verbal attack on Bosnia-born lawmaker in Austrian parliament

The loud interruptions during a speech of Bosnia-born lawmaker Alma Zadic in Austria’s Parliament caused outrage as they were branded sexist and racist, the Der Standard Austrian paper reported on Tuesday. Zadic, a lawmaker from the Green Party renegade List of Peter Pilz, had taken the floor on Tuesday to speak about protection of intelligence […]

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Country: Austria
Source: N1

08

Jun

Austria to close 7 mosques, expel imams

Austria will shut seven mosques and expel 40 imams, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday. During a news conference with Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and EU Affairs Minister Gernot Blumel, Kurz said the move came as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”. Kurz said that the investigation on several mosques and associations conducted by […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Anadolu Agency