Austria‘s foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, has put forth a controversial idea of keeping asylum seekers in island camps in Greece while their requests are processed for other European countries.
The basic practice Austria is proposing involves copies Australia’s model of intercepting migrant boats offshore and either sending the refugees back to where they came from or holding them in camps in island camps, in this case, in Greece.
In an interview with Austrian newspaper Die Presse published Sunday, Kurz boasted that the Australian model could benefit all of Europe after pointing out that “the basic principle can be applied to Europe too.”
Human rights groups have claimed that the Australian model of handling asylum seekers is inhumane and a breach of international law.
According to the AP, Kurt defended his position siting as an example that an asylum seeker on the Greek island of Lesbos has little chance of actually being granted asylum and that they are be more likely to be sent home in contrast to someone who already has an apartment in Vienna or Berlin.
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