Austria: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz does not want to welcome more Afghans

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Sunday August 22 that he was opposed to the reception of additional Afghan refugees on his soil.

On Twitter, the 34-year-old leader explained that (if) “the events in Afghanistan are dramatic”, it should not “be” to repeat the mistakes of 2015 “, year when hundreds of thousands of migrants had arrived in Europe.

With more than 40,000 nationals already present on its territory, Austria is indeed the country which hosts the largest Afghan community in Europe in relation to its population, specifies Euronews.

The case Leonie, named after this 13-year-old girl, found dead at the end of June in Vienna, after being drugged and raped, has also revived in recent weeks the debate on the right to asylum and deportations to Afghanistan.

The four suspects are indeed all from this country. They are between 16 and 25 years old. One of them was arrested in London, United Kingdom, after several days on the run, giving water to the mill of those who accuse Europe of being a migratory sieve.

Europe fractured on the issue of refugees

While the subject of Afghan refugees was to be addressed, this Tuesday, by the G7 countries, the statements of the Austrian chancellor came to show, in Europe precisely, to what extent this question can be a source of divisions.

Because if many European states say they are ready to welcome with open arms these Afghans fleeing the Taliban, this is not the case everywhere, as summarized in another tweet, this time issued by the Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, who holds the rotating presidency of the EU.

“It is not the duty of the EU or of Slovenia to help and finance all those who flee, instead of fighting for their homeland”, thus wrote the leader, in a direct style, far from diplomatic conventions that sit at the function.

In the absence of a rapid cooperation agreement, the reception of Afghans in Europe could moreover become a very hot topic for Paris. France is preparing to inherit the rotating presidency of the European Union on January 1. The country will then be just a few months away from the 2022 presidential election.

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