Austrian govt vows to find allies to combat illegal migration after slating EU Commission’s approach — RT World News

Austria’s interior minister has blasted the European
Commission’s stance on migration and declared that Vienna will form
alliances with other EU states that want to combat the illegal movement
of people in their own way.
Speaking on Tuesday, Karl
Nehammer pledged that Austria would take the matter into its own hands
and work with other countries to combat illegal immigration, saying, “the European Commission isn’t reacting, hence we are reacting ourselves.”

The Austrian minister accused the Commission of sending “the wrong signals” to asylum seekers traveling to Europe for refuge, alleging that the bloc gives “smugglers thousands of euros.”

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Nehammer’s condemnation of the EU’s executive body comes after
Austria ramped up surveillance at the eastern state of Burgenland’s
border with Hungary, with the Austrian Federal Army and police launching
operations in the area on Monday. The Austrian Ministry of Defense also
announced on Saturday that it will deploy up to 400 additional soldiers
to its border with Slovenia and Hungary.

Austria opened
discussions on border security with neighbors Hungary and the Czech
Republic last month. The three states share a mutual stance on the
repatriation of migrants and are in favor of stricter border control,
which Nehammer said should be “on the top of the EU agenda.” Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek shared Austria’s concerns, stating: “We are countries that look at migration with the same eyes.”

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Migration is a sensitive subject in Austria, which was heightened
following the murder of a 13-year-old girl in late June. The Austrian
authorities arrested three Afghan asylum seekers on suspicion of the
murder, and the case fueled a national debate over the issue of
deportating asylum seekers who commit crimes. The Austrian People’s
Party argued that those “who seek refuge in our country, but trample on our values and express this in their actions have no place in our country.”

capital, Vienna, was also rocked by a series of shootings on November
2, 2020, with a gunman murdering four people and injuring over 20 before
being shot dead by the police. The authorities dubbed the Austrian-born
perpetrator as an “Islamist terrorist.”