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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Austria enacts new legislation banning face veils, require asylum seekers to carry out unpaid public work

In the face of a huge migration crisis which has significantly impacted social life in Europe, some European countries have taken steps to maintain law and order while also carrying out their humanitarian duties to migrants. Austria is the latest to adopt such measures. The country has passed controversial new legislation which bans women from wearing Islamic face veils in public. From October, police will start handing out £130 fines to women found wearing burqas and niqabs at universities, courts or on public transport.

The law also forces migrants to attend integration courses and asylum seekers to do unpaid public service. Under new rules, migrants who have a 'good chance' of staying in Austria must attend a 12-month integration school where they will be taught German courses and learn the ethics, values and culture of the country.

Migrants who refuse to adhere the law will face a benefits cut. The measure, backed by ruling parties the Social Democratic party (SPÖ) and Austrian People’s party (ÖVP)  has been met with mixed receptions and 3,000 muslim women took to the streets to protest against the ban in February.
Despite the strict measures, there are some including the far-right FPÖ party, which criticised the government for not imposing stricter measures. On the other hand, the country's left-leaning president Alexander Van Der Bellen insisted that all women should wear headscarves to combat Islamophobia. Speaking to students at The House of the European Union in Vienna, he said: 'It is the right of a woman... to dress herself however she wants. That is my opinion about it. 'Besides that, not only Muslim women. Every woman can wear a headscarf.  'And if it goes on - and I am already on the next question - with actual rampant Islamophobia, the day will come that we must ask all women to wear a headscarf.'

12 comments:

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Good

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OSINANL said...

Nice one!

AbdulMuiz said...

What's Good.. depriving women of their right?

AbdulMuiz said...

What's Good.. depriving women of their right?

FRESH said...

Idiots! You go to someone's country & want them to bend to your way of life.

Robert Idoko said...

@abdulmuiz u b idoit

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Anonymous said...

When u are in Rome , u should behave like the Romans, if your women want to cover their eyes too, they should do that in your countries😝

Anonymous said...

if they want to mask themselves, they should do that in their countries not in anothers

Anonymous said...

Very good. Muslims want to be tolerated and be free in civilized nations but don't allow others to do what they believe in, in their countries as long as it is not harming anyone. Fuk out of here. Enough of tolerance of islam

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