Tent cities considered for Austria's refugees
The Local · 28 Aug 2014, 16:17
Published: 28 Aug 2014 16:17 GMT+02:00
- 23 Afghan refugees intercepted near border (26 Aug 14)
- Idea to host refugees in tents an 'insult' (04 Aug 14)
- Asylum seeker dies from meningitis (31 Jul 14)
- Freeze on new asylum seekers in Traiskirchen (29 Jul 14)
It called on Austrian aid organisations to help organise accommodation.
The number of asylum applications would increase by 50 percent this August, according to the ministry. "The humanitarian catastrophe in the Middle East is reaching Austria in full force," said ministry representatives.
Last week, there were 610 asylum applications and another 127 applications just on Wednesday this week, they said. The majority of the refugees came from Syria.
So far, tent cities had been rejected, but they could no longer be ruled out, said the ministry. Churches, aid organisations and Austria's other provinces were called on to help.
Austria's primary refugee centre in Traiskirchen, about 20 kilometres south of Vienna, has been hopelessly overcrowded for over a year. In June, around 1,300 asylum seekers were living in the centre in Traiskirchen. The upper limit for the centre is 480 people.