December 1, 2023

Austria and Great Britain announce cooperation on migration

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Austria and Great Britain want to work more closely together on the issue of migration in the future. Both governments prefer to outsource asylum procedures to third countries.


The British and Austrian governments have signed an agreement for closer cooperation on migration. Austria plans to outsource asylum procedures to third countries in the future.

British Home Secretary Suella Braverman In the Austrian capital on Wednesday, Britain and Austria “shared challenges in securing our borders, defeating extremism and ensuring the safety of our people”.

In the future, the government in Vienna wants to decide in a third country whether or not asylum seekers are allowed to come to Europe.

Principal Carl Nehammer It was explained in September, ahead of crucial National Council elections next year, that asylum seekers whose asylum claims are rejected in a third country “can no longer hide in the EU or seek asylum in several European countries. At the same time.”

Last year, the Danish government negotiated a similar deal with Rwanda. However, after the general elections, the government did not pursue the project further.

The Conservative British government has long wanted to outsource asylum applications to Rwanda and has become the first European country to reach an agreement with the East African nation. Accordingly, Rwanda will receive more than 140 million euros per year for accepting asylum seekers.

Under this agreement, any person granted asylum will continue to reside in Rwanda, while those whose application is rejected will be returned to their country of origin.

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In June this year, the British Court of Appeal ruled that the plan was illegal because Rwanda could not be considered a safe third country.