Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer declared on Monday that the European Union’s asylum system has failed, after his nation noticed a document 56,000 refugee purposes this 12 months. Along with Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic, Nehammer proposed tightening border safety.
“Austria is presently closely burdened by unlawful migration. The solidarity contribution that we’re making in Europe is disproportionately excessive,” Nehammer said at a summit with Orban and Vucic in Budapest, based on Austria’s Kronen Zeitung newspaper.
“The asylum coverage has failed. There’s nonetheless no robust EU exterior border safety, and the fact of the issue is being disregarded,” the chancellor added.
Beneath the EU’s ‘Efficient Solidarity’ program, wealthier member states are inspired to just accept migrants rejected by different nations struggling to deal with the inflow. If these rich nations refuse, different members are requested to take what the European Fee phrases “their justifiable share” of the migrants.
Some 56,149 asylum purposes have been filed in Austria between January and August this 12 months, based on the nation’s inside ministry. This represents a rise of 195% on the identical interval final 12 months. The ministry famous that a lot of the purposes have been made by Indian nationals, who haven’t any probability of really being granted asylum on account of their arrival from a secure nation.
Pakistanis, Moroccans and Tunisians are additionally amongst these claiming asylum, with their circumstances extremely prone to be rejected.
“So long as the EU doesn’t intervene with environment friendly measures, we should assist ourselves,” Nehammer mentioned on Monday. “Austria is due to this fact doing the whole lot potential to guard itself, and we need to take additional measures along with Serbia and Hungary. As a result of if the Serbian and Hungarian borders are protected, our personal frontier can be protected.”
Austria has used its army to impose border controls on a number of events since hundreds of thousands of migrants started pouring into Europe in 2015, and final 12 months deployed an extra 400 troopers at its frontier with Hungary. Orban has taken a fair harder stance, and constructed a double-layer fence alongside its borders with Croatia and Serbia, whereas instantly expelling migrants deemed inadmissible. Belgrade rejects most asylum purposes.