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Kurz: Refugee policy caused Brexit
Kurz with Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhanom. Photo: Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Kurz: Refugee policy caused Brexit

The Local · 30 Jun 2016, 18:49

Published: 30 Jun 2016 18:49 GMT+02:00

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The outspoken minister Sebastian Kurz was one of the first to make a stand against unchecked migration after pushing for a fence to be built along Austria's borders. He has also called for processing centres to be set up in Africa to monitor who was allowed to gain access to Europe, following the Australian "island" model.
And now in an interview with German media he has branded the refugee policy of the EU as the "worst mistake possible" and warns that if nothing happens Europe will eventually disintegrate.
He said that people had become extremely emotional about the whole subject and at the end of the day it was the reason for the British decision to vote for Brexit.
He added: "Even in Austria it has become clear that we expected more from Europe and that the subject of controlling the flood of refugees is at the top of the agenda for citizens."
He said that many problems in Europe were not solved and citizens were up in arms over the matter.
He also repeated his demands for a more responsible way of tackling immigrants in particular those coming into Europe by sea.
He said: "If somebody comes illegally to Europe they have to be stopped at the borders, and in the best way possible go back where they came from. As long as we don't do that, then we are supporting the smugglers and even more will be making the crossing - and that will be at the cost of more lives."
His words were echoed earlier in the week by David Cameron who said Britons chose to leave the EU because they believe the country has "no control of its borders".
And he told EU bosses they must reform freedom of movement rules if Britain is to keep close economic ties with the bloc.
He made the comments at a summit in Brussels, his last before he bows out as Tory leader and Prime Minister in September.
Story courtesy of Central European News

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