Afghan sisters deported from Austria after landmark EU ruling

This is a very big and important decision when it comes to illegal economic migration into Europe. It is not Europe’s responsibility to take in people with fundamentally different cultures, religious beliefs and ethical values who are simply seeking a better life than in their home countries. There is a mistaken belief that it is Europe’s responsibility to grant citizenship to such individuals.

Migrants arrive at a border point between Croatia and Hungary where they will be transported by bus through to Austria on September 21, 2015Image copyright GETTY IMAGES
Image caption In 2015, hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees crossed into Austria 

Two Afghan sisters who lost a landmark asylum case at the European Union’s top court have been deported from Austria, aid agencies say.

Khadija and Zainab Jafari and their three young children arrived in Austria in 2016, but were not granted asylum.

The authorities decided they should be sent back to Croatia because it was their point of entry to the EU.

The sisters challenged this at the European Court of Justice [ECJ], but it ruled in favour of the authorities.

Under the so-called Dublin regulation, refugees typically have to seek asylum in the first EU state they reach.

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EU migrant crisis: Austria can deport asylum seekers, court says

Migrants walk from Hegyeshalom on the Hungarian border walk into Austria on 23 September 2015Image copyright GETTY IMAGES
Image caption In 2015, hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees crossed from Hungary into Austria

The EU’s top court has ruled that a law requiring refugees to seek asylum in the first country they reach applies even in exceptional circumstances.

The case, brought by Austria and Slovenia, could affect the future of several hundred people who arrived during the migrant crisis of 2015-16.

The ruling concerns two Afghan families and a Syrian who applied for asylum after leaving Croatia.

The court says it is Croatia’s responsibility to decide their cases.

The crisis unfolded during the summer of 2015, as one million migrants and refugees travelled through the Western Balkans.

Under the so-called Dublin regulation, refugees typically have to seek asylum in the first EU state they reach. But Germany suspended the Dublin regulation for Syrian refugees, halting deportations to the countries they arrived in.

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Austria: New Government to Resist “Islamisation”

  • A coalition between the anti-immigration Austrian People’s Party and the anti-establishment Austrian Freedom Party, which will be sworn into office on December 18, is poised to catapult Austria to the vanguard of Western Europe’s resistance to mass migration from the Muslim world.
  • The massive demographic and religious shift underway in Austria, traditionally a Roman Catholic country, appears irreversible. Austria has also emerged as a major base for radical Islam.

     

     

    Austrian Chancellor-elect Sebastian Kurz (pictured), who won Austria’s national election after campaigning on a promise to halt illegal immigration, will govern with Heinz-Christian Strache, 48, the Freedom Party leader, who has warned that mass migration is “Islamizing” Austria. (Image source: Raul Mee/EU2017EE/Flickr)

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Germany, Austria: Imams Warn Muslims Not to Integrate

Stefan Frank, the Gatestone Institute, November 18, 2017

  • “While outside the mosque there is constant talk of integration, the opposite is preached inside. Only in rare instances are parts of the sermon — or even more rarely, all of the sermon — translated into German… [fostering] social integration into an internal ethnic environment, and thus ethnic segmentation.” — Constantin Schreiber, author of Inside Islam: What Is Being Preached in Germany’s Mosques.
  • “Politicians who repeatedly emphasize their intention of cooperating with the mosques, who invite them to conferences on Islam, have no idea who is preaching what there.” — Necla Kelek, human rights activist and critic of Islam, human rights activist, in the Allgemeine Zeitung.

In the debate on migrants in Germany and Austria, no other term is used more often than “integration.” But the institution that is most important for many Muslim migrants does not generally contribute much to this effort — and often actively fights it: the mosque. That is the finding of an official Austrian study as well as private research conducted by a German journalist.

In late September, the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF), a department of the foreign ministry published a study, “The role of the mosque in the integration process”. For the purposes of the study, employees of the ÖIF visited 16 mosques in Vienna, attended several Friday sermons and spoke with the individual imams — that is, if the imams were willing to have a conversation, which was often not the case. The result of this, according to the ÖIF, is that only two of the mosque associations foster the integration of their members. The report applauds a Bosnian mosque association that also runs a soccer club. During the discussion, its imam said: “Every country, as with Austria, has its rules and laws and — something I always stress — it is our religious duty to comply with these standards and to integrate accordingly.”

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The reason for the rise of populist parties in Austria?

Austria is voting in a general election on Sunday 15 October and the frontrunner is Sebastian Kurz of the conservative People’s Party. In May he became head of his party and now he is surging ahead in the polls.

According to a BBC report, aged only 31 years old, and currently Austria’s foreign minister, Kurtz is being called the “wunderwuzzi” – the wonder hot-shot. So what is the main reason for his popularity – his party’s hard line against migrants. During the 2015 migrant crisis, Austria took in 90 thousand migrants.

Running close on its heels and with the possibility of forming a coalition is the Freedom Party,  led by Karl-Heinz Strache – that according to an article in the Guardian (11.10.2017), ‘has managed to dictate the agenda of a campaign centred largely around immigration and fears of radical Islam, and will receive a last-stretch boost from a “dirty campaigning” row between the traditional centre parties. If it enters government, the Freedom party wants to deny migrants access to welfare payments, introduce Swiss-style referendums and push for Austria to join the Visegrád group of central European states whose borders overlap with the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian empire.’

The article goes on to say,

‘Kurz’s candidacy – which has in itself been quite rightwing – appears to have dented the Freedom party’s fortunes. The foreign minister prides himself on having brought an end to the refugee crisis by closing the Balkan route in 2016 and vows to reform the asylum system so that claimants in the future are processed via “rescue centres” outside the European Union. Promises to fight political Islam feature heavily in Kurz’s manifesto.’

So, all in all, this is a very good sign that Europeans are now expressing their rejection of the EU’s migration policies at the ballot box and this will eventually filter through to Brussels with elected representatives being sent there as representatives of the people’s demands. Should the populist parties achieve the success predicted for them this Sunday, then the push back against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open door immigration policies has become that much stronger.

Links:

BBC video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-41601364/austria-elections-the-31-year-old-who-could-be-leader

Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/austria-faces-swerve-to-the-right-as-populist-party-dictates-election-agenda?CMP=share_btn_link