by Oliver Lane
The mayor of Austria’s second city has said there is no
space for single male migrants in his country, and the government should
only accept women, children, and families.
Right-wing Mayor Siegfried Naglof the Austrian People’s Party
expressed his views on the Europe migrant crisis this week, going
further than any other mainstream Austrian politician on the action he
would take to control the flow of humans into Austria.
Going further than the increasingly mainstream view that a fence may
be required with Slovakia, just weeks ago condemned as an action as bad
as Nazism but now openly discussed by government, Mayor Naglof told
journalists he wanted to ban single male migrants and refugees from
entering Austria at all, reports Krone.at.
Speaking of families, women, and lone children he said: “for these
people we have a place, but the men who want to come for help, we must
make it clear to them that here, there is no capacity”.
When pressed on whether this would be difficult to implement based on
international law governing the handling of refugees and migration,
Mayor Naglof was not deterred. He said: “on a ship that is in distress,
it’s women and children first to be saved, not the men”.
Mayor Naglof accepts that closing the Austrian border and picking
which migrants to accept at the crossings would cause “ugly scenes”, but
he insists there is no other alternative.
His initiative, if put into practice would significantly reduce the
number of migrants entering Austria. Although many media outlets
predominantly portray migrant arrivals as women or children, the truth
is quite different, with the vast majority of newcomers to the continent
being young men.
It is perhaps unsurprising the mayor of Graz has such a low opinion
of male migrants. His city has been affected by protests over the past
week by self-proclaimed asylum seekers over the past week, who have
taken to the streets with banners to complain about how they are being
Speaking to Russian television crews,
a Syrian migrant explained why they were protesting: “to ask the
government why they are so slow with us? In other provinces it is more
fast… two, three months and here in [Graz] we have to wait for one year,
one and a half year, and it’s really hard for us.
“We cannot do anything; we cannot work, we cannot bring our family,
we cannot claim… because its costly for us and we don’t have that much
money for that”.
The protest finally finished yesterday as the weather turned cold,
and the migrants abandoned their protest camp in the city park.
Mayor Naglof was one of the eye-witnesses of a terror attack by a young immigrant in Graz earlier this year. As Breitbart London reported in June,
three were killed , including a four-year-old boy, and 36 more injured
after a sports utility vehicle was driven up and down Graz’s main
Hitting speeds of 90 miles an hour the driver, a Bosnian Muslim,
crashed into crowds of shoppers, before disembarking his smashed car and
setting upon his disabled victims with a “large knife”. Although the
attack follows a pattern officially condoned by the Islamic State and seen practised in the United Kingdom, France, and Israel, Austrian police have refused to call the killings terrorism.