Austria, Facing Migrant Flood and Far-right Surge, Tightens Rules to Make Asylum ‘Temporary’

The Austrian government fears losing their power more than they fear the presence of thousands of military-aged Muslim men in their midst.

Too bad their measure doesn’t go far enough. In three years, there ought to be enough asylum-seekers to drive the formerly quiet and orderly Austrians to vote for anyone who can get rid of the foreign menace once and for all.

Sometimes I even wonder if, deep down, this was the plan all along. Hmm.

Austria, facing a record influx of migrants as well as a surge in support for the anti-immigration far-right, moved Tuesday to tighten asylum rules in the EU country.

According to a contentious bill, those granted asylum will be reassessed after three years. If their countries of origin are then deemed to be safe, they will be sent back.

Those under “subsidiary protection” — a kind of asylum-lite status awarded in particular to Afghans — will meanwhile only be allowed to be joined by family members after three years, up from one year now.

Chancellor Werner Faymann said that the legislation, due to go before parliament in December, is a “signal that asylum is something which is temporary” aimed at deterring people from coming to Austria.

Rights groups sharply criticized the proposals, saying they would make the integration of migrants into Austrian society more difficult.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said tightening rules on relatives coming to Austria “could keep families apart for many years, if not forever.”

Austria has seen some 400,000 migrants enter the country since September, most of whom travel onward to Germany or Scandinavia.

But the government still expects some 85,000 asylum claims this year, making the Alpine country of 8.5 million people one of the highest recipients in Europe on a per-capita basis.

Read more at the Japan Times, where they must be thinking, “Better the dog-faces than us!”

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