He also hoped for progress on a permanent distribution mechanism against which many EU states oppose.
He also hoped for progress on a permanent distribution mechanism against which many EU states oppose. There is progress, the atmosphere at today’s meeting was also better.
Asselborn underlined that migrants could not insist on their right to asylum if they refused to cooperate with the authorities. The refugees could not choose their destination country, even if family reunification had to be taken into account. The EU wants to start a corresponding information campaign for migrants.
Mikl-Leitner insists on securing the external borders
„The implementation needs speed“, demanded Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner after the special meeting of the EU interior ministers. As the most central point, she once again named securing the European external borders. „Without them, the hotspots can’t work either, otherwise everyone will pass the hotspots and the system is doomed to fail,“ she said.
The cooperation with Turkey is an „important basis“ for this security, emphasized Mikl-Leitner. If the EU’s external borders are not secured, „many member states will have to take national measures,“ the interior minister expects.
„Never a friend of waving through“
Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn called for an end to the waving of refugees in a press conference after the meeting. Austria in particular has repeatedly been criticized in this regard. „I was never a friend of waving through. It is all the more important and necessary that the European external border is secured,“ said Mikl-Leitner. Because then „waving through has an end“. In addition, one should not forget that Austria has „two major burdens to manage“. After all, it is a transit country on the one hand, but also a destination country. All of these challenges have been managed well, „although it must be said that we are reaching the limit of the burden,“ said the interior minister.
The special meeting was primarily about „sensitizing all member states“, said Mikl-Leitner. In particular, those EU countries that are little affected by the influx of refugees are called upon to make resources available. It is obvious that the „migration problem has not yet become a European problem, but for many it is only an individual problem of a few member states“.
„Some misunderstand the situation,“ stressed the interior minister. Three countries – Sweden, Germany and Austria – could „not sustain the main burden“. Because if you are „overwhelmed, there is no perspective for the refugees. Then, above all, the concern of the people increases and then it happens that you drive people into the hands of the nationalists. And of course nobody wants that, because otherwise the peaceful and common Europe will end sooner than you think, „said Mikl-Leitner.123helpme
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christian95Mon., Nov. 9th, 2015 5:09 pm
These bigwigs have been meeting in Brussels for over 10 years without ever having found a sensible solution for refugees. In return, they get lavish food and high salaries over and over again.
Elcordes Mon., Nov. 9, 2015 4:56 pm
The gentlemen should better meet the refugees than waste tax money in Brussels.
Tavington Mon., Nov. 9, 2015 12:32 pm
cluelessness, haphazardness, inaction. wonderful views.
christian95Mon., Nov. 9th, 2015 5:09 pm
We don’t deserve anything else!
giuseppeverdi Tuesday, Nov 10th 2015 12:31 pm
YOU Christian95 SIIIEEE deserve nothing else. Who gives you the right to speak about other people who supposedly deserve nothing else ????? Your complacent behavior is slowly getting on my sack !!!
gustigusti Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 14:34
Christian just rubs the fruits of our democracy on our faces. Seen collectively, one can say that we don’t deserve anything else. The majority of Austrians choose red / black and some unrealistic even green.
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Tavington Mon., Nov. 9, 2015 12:21 pm
cluelessness, haphazardness, inaction. wonderful views.
gustigustiMo., Nov. 9th. 2015 11:15
What is „wrong nationalism“ please? Nationalism cannot be wrong. The EU will never become the US – fortunately! I would be happy if the EU collapsed in principle – but with the current situation that would be fatal. How you turn it around, it can only end in disaster
giuseppeverdiMo., Nov. 9th, 2015 10:17 am
Save the travel expenses and expenses, you hollow heads. how often do you want to meet and then part ways again with no result?
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As structural measures for refugees, the Greens prefer rooms to fences. „The situation in Spielfeld needs improved infrastructure and local support,“ said party leader Eva Glawischnig at a press conference on Tuesday. Waiting and common rooms are necessary in winter. Glawischnig also does not understand why there is no more support from the armed forces.
Whatever the name or shape of the fence, Team Stronach club chairman Robert Lugar is convinced that it will be a flop. He believes that strict controls, registrations and removals are necessary if there are no grounds for asylum. That would be „the signal that three quarters of those who come cannot stay“.
+++ THE EVENTS OF THE DAY +++
Slovenia builds border fence
Slovenia will set up „technical barriers“ on its border with Croatia. In order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe on Slovenian territory and to protect the Schengen border, his country will start putting up barriers in the coming days, „if necessary, a fence,“ said Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar at a press conference on Tuesday.
Slovenia is not closing its border with this, stressed Cerar, but the technical means should serve to control the influx. The Slovenian head of government said it was a provisional measure. 30,000 people are currently on the so-called Balkan route, which leads through Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.
Another 1,100 from Carinthia are expected in Kufstein
In the Tyrolean border town of Kufstein, 46 refugees were in the accommodation tents on Tuesday morning. The police said that around 1,100 people seeking protection were expected to come by buses and a special train from Carinthia until the evening hours. The armed forces‘ assistance mission has meanwhile begun. Yesterday, Monday, 773 people came to Kufstein, 702 were handed over to the German authorities on the same day. Another 129 followed on Tuesday morning.
An army spokesman said the situation in Kufstein is currently relatively calm. The first buses or trains would be expected in the early afternoon. The refugees, who are currently still housed in Kufstein, would apply for asylum in Austria and will therefore be distributed to accommodations in Tyrol, he added. At present, 21 soldiers would support the Red Cross in caring for the refugees. „You work in three teams and help, for example, with the preparation and distribution of the food or set up beds,“ explained the army spokesman.
A further 100 professional and temporary soldiers were relocated to Kufstein for security police assistance. Together with the police, they are supposed to carry out order tasks at the train station and in the transit areas. Around a third of the forces are in action, a third are on standby and the remaining third is free.
Slovenian Foreign Minister comes to Vienna on Wednesday
While both countries are considering additional measures at the border, the Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec is coming to Vienna. Erjavec will meet Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) on Wednesday afternoon. The main topic will be the plans of both neighboring countries with regard to the ongoing refugee crisis.
On Wednesday, the Austrian government wants to present its border concept for the border with Slovenia at Spielfeld. Ljubljana will be very interested in what the measures will look like, as the country would be most affected in a backwater. For its part, Slovenia also announced „additional emergency measures“ on Monday evening on its southern border with Croatia, which is also the external border of the Schengen area. According to media reports, the government is planning to build a barbed wire fence on the most frequented part of the border with Croatia. On Tuesday, Erjavec traveled to Rome to discuss the plans with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni.
Smugglers disguised migrants as circus workers
The Italian police have blown up a smuggler ring that is said to have illegally brought migrants disguised as circus workers to Europe. In the course of the operation „Golden Circus“ a special unit from Palermo arrested 41 people, among them entrepreneurs, circus directors and a corrupt official of the Sicilian regional government, reported the news agency Ansa.
The gang is said to have smuggled around 500 people into Italy, most of them from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Each of them had to pay around 15,000 euros for it. The ring directors received 2,000 to 3,000 euros for every worker they allegedly hired.
Refugee quarters: Mikl-Leitner should „step up“
The boom in the coalition is still a bit crooked because of the refugee debate. SPÖ club chairman Andreas Schieder called on Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) on Tuesday before the meeting of the Council of Ministers to „step up“ in the creation of refugee quarters. The head of department referred to measures already taken and indirectly criticized the 3-point plan of the SPÖ.
Before the start of the government meeting, Schieder told the Minister of the Interior that it was urgently necessary to create quarters – regardless of party political consideration for the concerns of mayors (who oppose the establishment of refugee accommodation in their communities, note). The club chairman criticized the fact that only three out of nine federal states still meet the agreed quota for refugee accommodation. „We created the right of access so that we could take action.“ The interior minister should now „step up a gear,“ he said.
Mikl-Leitner could not accept this criticism: She pointed out that the government had already created numerous quarters and that more were being implemented. At the same time, she warned against proceeding too quickly here, because negotiations with those involved on site would be necessary to create quarters. So there are sometimes „exorbitant asking prices“ from landlords, here you shouldn’t let yourself be forced to act.
She exercised indirect criticism that the SPÖ presented its own concept (3-point plan for safe border controls) on how to deal with the refugees at the weekend: She kept to what had been agreed, namely first working out a concept, then this to the coalition partner to be submitted and only then to decide. Consequently, on Tuesday she did not want to give any information about the content of the concept developed by the interior department for the technical barriers at the Spielfeld border crossing. To a report by the „Kurier“, according to which it should be a block of 25 kilometers in length, she said: „I will not comment on the concept.“
She only confirmed that in order to implement such border security, negotiations would have to take place with the property owners, on the basis of which the barriers would be erected. The decision on the concept for the „technical barriers“ at the Spielfeld border crossing will be made by the government on Wednesday, said Mikl-Leitner. A meeting with her „Spiegel“, Defense Minister Gerald Klug (SPÖ) is planned for tomorrow at 9 am.
Confronted with the allegations of ÖVP boss Reinhold Mitterlehner, who accused the SPÖ of „trying to establish a profile“ because of the public announcement of its plans for border management and who spoke of „chaos“, Schieder said this was a „false“ accusation. Politicians are well advised to dedicate themselves to the practical work instead of making mutual accusations. Mikl-Leitner said that the mood in the coalition was „technical and objective“.
When asked what number of refugees she was expecting in the coming days, the Minister of the Interior said she was assuming that around 30,000 refugees will come to Slovenia in the coming days – and subsequently to Austria. She therefore reckons with 8,000 to 10,000 people arriving at the Austrian border every day. She is not worried about getting into trouble in view of these numbers: around 440,000 people have entered Austria so far, and the travelers have been looked after and organized „professionally“.
More arrivals in Slovenia again
The influx of refugees to Slovenia increased again on Monday after a relatively quiet weekend. More than 5,300 people arrived from Croatia on Monday, almost 5,500 traveled on to Austria, as the current police statistics show. By Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m., around 1,500 refugees came into the country by train and several buses.
The Croatian authorities announced the arrival of another 1,200 refugees, who will arrive by bus from the Croatian reception center in Slavonski Brod during the day. The Slovenian police said that no further train transports were announced for the time being. In Croatia there were more than 2,000 new arrivals from Serbia on Tuesday by 9:00 a.m., on Monday there were more than 5,000, according to published data from the Croatian Ministry of the Interior.
On Tuesday around 9 a.m., around 1,000 refugees were in the Slovenian tent camp in Sentilj, and almost 500 more were still on their way to the accommodation. Around 500 refugees were waiting in the accommodation in Gornja Radgona to continue their journey to Bad Radkersburg.