• Austria's news in English

Minister rebukes states over asylum housing

The Local · 15 Jul 2014, 13:19

Published: 15 Jul 2014 13:19 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The states which had not achieved the targets set by the end of June include Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Salzburg and Upper Austria.  If they don't relieve the unacceptable levels of overcrowding at the Traiskirchen reception center near Baden in Lower Austria, then the Interior Ministry will itself create quarters, she said.

The situation in Syria has caused an increasing number of asylum applications in Austria and throughout Europe.
In Traiskirchen, there is therefore still "no significant relief."  If the other Austrian states complied with at least the agreed upon asylum levels of 88 percent established in the 2012 summit, there would not be such a problem in the Lower Austrian town. 
"If the states do not honor their agreements by the end of July and relieve Traiskirchen significantly, then the Home Office itself will create quarters. Especially, of course, in the states that are particularly delinquent," said Mikl-Leitner.
She referred to Tyrol, where the relevant authorities had already become active and will now operate their own accommodation. 
Story continues below…
"This is the way we plan to go with the other defaulting states in August. First we will use private accommodation. As a second step, we will think about using vacant military barracks," said Mikl-Leitner of the plans.

For more news from Austria, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Verdict on swimming pool rape case overturned
The Theresienbad swimming pool in Vienna. Photo: Wikimedia

An Iraqi refugee who was jailed after claiming it was a sexual emergency when he raped a boy in a swimming pool has had the sentence overturned.

Vienna Comic Con promises to be 'bigger and more galactic'
Cosplay star Yaya Han. Copyright: Yaya Han/Bryan Humphrey

Comic Con returns to the Austrian capital on November 19th-20th at the Messe Wien.

Three refugees arrested on drugs charges
Cannabis plants. Photo: J. Patrick Bedell/Wikimedia

A gang of three Afghani drug dealers has been busted in Vienna.

Hungarian woman crushed by snowcat piste machine
Snowcat machine. Photo: Melensdad/Wikimedia

A young Hungarian woman has died after being crushed by a snowcat piste machine on the Dobratsch mountain in Carinthia.

Austrian policeman sentenced over 'Heil Hitler' salute
Photo: Flickr

A policeman in Austria was sentenced on Thursday for shouting "Heil Hitler" at a driver during a traffic check at the Hungarian border in April.

Scary clown craze endangers crucial work of clown 'doctors'
Photo: Bojan Tavcar

Within the last couple weeks, disturbing events involving masked individuals has caught public attention in Austria.

Chimney sweep rescues lost mushroom picker
Photo: James Lindsey/Wikimedia

A 76-year-old Austrian man who went out mushroom picking almost froze to death after getting lost and spending the night in the forest.

Refugees sold into forced prostitution
File photo: UNHCR

Female refugees are being sold into forced prostitution in Austria, a police investigation into human trafficking has found.

Driverless bus takes a spin around Salzburg's old town
The Arma driverless shuttle bus. Photo: Navya

A driverless minibus has made a test journey in the city of Salzburg.

No jail time for asylum seeker who dumped baby in road
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

A man who grabbed his own child and dumped her in the middle of a busy road has been given a nine-month suspended sentence.

12 brilliant German words you won't find in English
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Five films which will change your mind about Austrian cinema
Those surprising Austrians!
100 years since the last emperor's death
Afghani family's new home in Austria
Der you learn Deutsch?
Delighted by the light
Beware these passport scams
Of course we skipped Oarsch
Foodies rejoice at the choice!
Travel & Tourism
10 years after her escape from captivity
Surviving the Brexit for British expats
Day 2 of the World Bodypainting Festival 2016
Is Islam hostile to Western society?
Bodypainting festival in southern Austria
Europe's ice cream capital
Best Austrian beauty spots
Travel & Tourism
Three days in Vienna as a tourist
How to make friends in Austria
jobs available