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Austria plans to eject criminal asylum seekers
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Austria plans to eject criminal asylum seekers

The Local · 24 Aug 2016, 23:02

Published: 24 Aug 2016 23:02 GMT+02:00

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Confirming the plans an Interior Ministry spokesman said that they want to speed up the process by which an asylum application is terminated in the event of a criminal conviction by the applicant.

It would mean the courts where the asylum seeker was given a conviction were also empowered to decide whether the migrant should lose his right to asylum - instead of passing the case on to the Federal Office for Asylum, a process which is currently causing long delays with the expulsion of criminal immigrants.

It is not yet known which criminal offenses could lead to the termination of the asylum process. This will be jointly developed by the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Justice. The seriousness of the offense or the frequency was said to be crucial for what will be included on the future list.

The Association of Judges was open to the new proposal by the Austrian Interior Minister.

President Werner Zinkl said that the proposal was "worth considering" but stressed that it was important to wait for the legal recognition of the judgments.

He said it would obviously be more work for the courts.

Norbert Hofer, presidential candidate of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, welcomed Sobotka’s new proposal.

He said: "Whoever comes to Austria seeking real protection and ‘thanks’ our country with criminal acts should lose their asylum status."

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The Eurosceptic party Team Stronach also urged for the tightening of the asylum procedures in a press statement. Security spokesman Christoph Hagen also called for a "list of criteria" which judges could use as guidelines for deportations.

Story courtesy of Central European News

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