The Interior Minister of Austria has announced he wants to see tougher laws on asylum seekers including the stripping of asylum for the committing of criminal offences. Interior Minister of Austria Wolfgang Sobotka has put to bed any doubt that he will go easy on criminal asylum seekers. Sobotka, who earlier this year took the reigns from former Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, announced that he wishes to see an increased toughness on asylum seekers who commit crimes.Sobotka, of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), said that the government should even consider stripping asylum seekers of their claims if they commit crimes
A minister of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP),he said
the government should even consider stripping asylum seekers of their
claims if they commit crimes reports Die Presse.
Speaking to Austrian media the Interior Minister said, “The question is whether someone who is violating the law automatically loses the status of asylum in a final conviction.
For me that would be a conceivable measure, it is necessary to consider
it.” When asked by the press what kind of crimes would qualify for the
loss of asylum status Sobotka answered, “There must be
proportionality.If anyone desires asylum and he has a final conviction,
it’s clear to me that we have to stop the asylum procedure.” Sobotka
added that such a law would apply to those in the process of seeking
asylum as well as those who had already been approved.
“If anyone desires asylum and he has a final conviction, it’s clear
to me that we have to stop the asylum procedure.” Sobotka added that
such a law would apply to those in the process of seeking asylum as well
as those who had already been approved.
Interior Minister Sobotka joins with his ÖVP colleague and Austrian
foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in the new harder line toward illegal
migrants and asylum seekers who commit crimes. Kurz in particular has
been in the forefront of calling for more planning for future waves of
He stirred controversy in Europe after suggesting that
migrants could be processed on Greek islands in the same way as
Australia processes asylum seekers. “Whoever boards a boat and tries to
enter Europe illegally has ruined his chances of gaining asylum in
Europe and will be sent back,” he said.
The announcement of Sobotka was met with criticism from the
pro-migrant Green Party. Spokeswoman for the Greens Alev Korun said that
the tightening of the rules wouldn’t make any difference and that the
suggestion was, “neither reasonable nor helpful.” Former Green party
leader and present Presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen said
earlier this year that migrants were “an opportunity” for Austria and soundly rejected Kurz and Sobotka’s ideas.
Van der Bellen will face off against anti-mass migration Freedom
Party (FPÖ) candidate Norbert Hofer once again on October 2nd after the
results of the last election in May were annulled. Hofer’s party are
supportive of the tougher measures with leader Heinz-Christian Strache expressing that he was glad the ÖVP had started to emulate the positions of the FPÖ.