Refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach European shores have to be sent back or re-settled on islands, Austria’s Foreign Minister has said, adding that being rescued from a boat in distress should be “no ticket to Europe.”
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz told Die Presse newspaper in an interview on Saturday that Europe must take a tougher stance on refugees, arguing that the current migrant policy must be scrapped if the EU is to avoid being destroyed.
Refugees who are rescued from boats in the Mediterranean “must be returned immediately, ideally to their country of origin,” Kurz said, adding that he thought it could be possible to reach an agreement with Libya’s emerging government to stop refugees from leaving for the EU from the Libyan coast.
“If this kind of cooperation is not possible, then people have to be housed and cared for at an asylum center, most likely on an island. Their return and financial support must be organized there.”
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