The head of Austria’s rightist Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz must be metaphorically exploding from the ideas going as expected by a politician of just 29 years old. The guy who looks like a member of arch-conservative student fraternity has left not detail out regarding solutions to stem the refugees and migrants flow to European Union.
Not only he suggests that refugees coming to the EU should be interned offshore rather than allowed on to the continent. He also wants an EU resolution to deprive of asylum right those who try to enter Europe illegally. And furthermore he has a vision of a European “Ellis Island” entry gate – most likely on the island of Lesvos I would dare augur.
With regards to “offshore internment”, Kurz is inspired by the Australian model despite the many complains form human rights organizations.
“He said the EU should look to the Australian example of dealing with migrant entries.
Migrants who try to reach Australia by boat are turned back or sent to internment camps in the Pacific Ocean countries of Nauru and Papua New Guinea where they are held indefinitely while their cases are processed. The system has been criticized by human rights groups amidst reports of rape and suicides among detainees.
“The Australian model of course cannot be completely replicated but its principles can be applied in Europe,” Kurz told Die Presse in an interview published Sunday.
Kurz commented that in the first half of the 20th century the United States held new arrivals on Ellis Island as they travelled to New York.
In fact, Ellis Island was an immigration inspection station that processed thousands of new arrivals every day. Immigrants were only held in the station’s infirmaries if they were suspected of carrying infectious diseases but otherwise were not interned, as the minister suggested.
But in an apparent attempt to stake out a tough approach to refugees, Kurz told the newspaper that the EU should adopt a resolution whereby those who try to enter Europe illegally lose their right to demand asylum.
People intercepted trying to reach Australia by boat have been sent for processing to camps in Papua New Guinea or on Nauru. (via DeutscheWelle)
Given the fact that far-right parties have made sweeping gains in recent presidential elections in Austria, I wouldn’t be surprise, if Kurz would not come with more radical ideas …
PS I don’t want to know what he plans for economic migrants…