The head of Austria's government says the EU's border agency Frontex should send asylum seekers entering the EU via Greece back to Turkey. Austria has also requested €600 million from the EU to cover extra costs for accepting more refugees.
"Frontex must pick up the people fleeing to Greece. We have to save all of them, but then these people should be sent directly to Turkey," Austrian Chancellor Werner Feymann said in an interview to the Austrian oe24.at news site, following a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday.
In exchange for cooperation, Austria will speed up the transfer to Turkey of €3 billion ($3.3 billion) EU-promised financial aid, designed to provide for the needs of 2.2 million Syrian refugees staying in the country, sources close to the chancellor were quoted by the APA news agency as saying.
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Last edited by Dumachi; 07-02-2016 at 17:12.
- 07-02-2016 17:08
- 08-02-2016 02:56
What don't people understand? there are just too many fking people.
We're looking at people all over the Middle East and even North Africa. Heck I even heard they're coming from some Asian countries.
This is not just a Syrian refugee crisis.
- 08-02-2016 09:37
The Austrian border towns are struggling, and discontent is very high. The Freedom Party of Austria has already gained a significant proportion in the last regional elections and I won't be surprised if they win a majority in the general elections.
- 08-02-2016 10:48
Turkey was meant to keep those migrants away from Europe, they were paid for it! We haven't got value for money, so fling 'em back.
- 08-02-2016 10:56
A huge proportion are not refugees or displaced by war ... they are opportunistic economic migrants.