Austria has already received more than 50,000 asylum applications this year

The number of asylum applications this year is already over 50,000.

The number of asylum applications also fell in October and November. According to figures from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 9,893 people applied for asylum in Austria in October; This figure is 46 percent less than the same period last year. Preliminary numbers for November look similar. A total of 53,641 asylum applications were made until October this year; This represents a 42 percent decrease compared to the first ten months of 2022.

The Ministry said that there was a serious decrease, especially in Burgenland. Police in that state did not report any arrests for several days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs cites, among other things, consistent border point and border area checks in Austria as well as the deployment of Austrian police officers to combat smugglers’ routes abroad as the reasons for the decrease in numbers. Besides the introduction of visa requirements for Indians and Tunisians in Serbia, there will also be international initiatives such as new repatriation agreements with India or Morocco and cooperation in protecting borders in neighboring states of the EU.

Also for asylum applications in Germany, Italy and Spain

In the EU, Norway and Switzerland, the trend was reversed: a total of 912,000 applications were submitted in these countries; This figure is one quarter more than in the same period last year. Asylum applications rose particularly sharply in Germany (67 percent), Italy (63 percent), Spain (40 percent) and France (37 percent).

Burgenland SPÖ club president Roland Fürst said in a broadcast that Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP) was diverting attention from the high number of refugees and the increasing crime of smuggling. Austria continues to rank first in Continental Europe in terms of asylum applications. Compared to Germany alone – “about eight times the population” and almost 30,000 asylum applications in October – Karner says he “speaks the numbers nicely”. Fürst called for an action plan against human trafficking, which is “closely linked to Islamist terrorism and remains very active in Austria”. FPÖ security spokesman Hannes Amesbauer made a similar statement: “Wanting to sell 53,640 asylum applications as a success is arrogant, shameless and arrogant towards its own people.” Karner has the third highest value since 1958, and the year isn’t over yet. ÖVP migration spokesman Ernst Gödl sees Karner as “exactly the right man for this office”.

Syrians who applied for asylum the most in October

In October 2023, the most asylum applications to Austria were made by Syrian citizens (3,777), followed by citizens of Turkey (2,880), Afghanistan (916), Morocco (735) and Pakistan (216). In the annual statistics so far, those coming from Syria also rank first; There are a total of 18 thousand 120 people, including 2 thousand 679 women and 8 thousand 145 children, who applied for asylum in Austria.

As of the end of October, positive asylum decisions were given to 13,649 people. In contrast, 21,785 asylum decisions were negative. A total of 7,200 negative decisions were made in expedited and urgent trials. Additionally, 25,735 people evaded the procedure, gave up protection and left Austria again. As of the end of October, a total of 10 thousand 478 deportations were carried out; of these, 5,496 were deported independently (52 percent) and 4,982 were forcibly deported (48 percent).

(APA/Red)

Source: Vienna

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