Austria suggests withdrawl from refugee redistribution plan

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 28.3.2017 12:11

On Monday March 27, the Austrian Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) proposed the withdrawal of Austria from the EU program for the redistribution of refugees. Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka additionally supported the call. The final decision could be made on 28 March. If approved, Chancellor Christian Kern would have to debate the proposal in Brussels.

Doskozil argued that Austria fulfilled its quota despite facing much bigger refugee inflow than Italy. The minister earlier also criticized V4 countries for the rejection of the refugee quotas, while Poland had to take 7741 refugees, Slovakia 1587 refugees and Hungary 2121 refugees and the Czech Republic, which took only 12 out of 2691 refugees. On 27 March, Interior Ministers of EU countries also debated how many refugees could be relocated from Italy and Greece until the end of the program in September 2017. However due to the incessant migrant flow from Libya, the possible abolishment of the EU agreement with Turkey and the reopening of the Balkan route, the exact number is impossible to be found.

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