“Can’t be”: an attack against family deportation


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Two cases in which well-integrated families are to be deported from Austria are causing a stir. A no-go, said the health minister.

Two cases in which families are to be deported from Georgia are currently causing headlines and resentment among the population. In the high phase of the pandemic, the government wants to deport families whose children were partly born in Austria and do not even know Georgia. In Vienna the 12 year old Tina picked up by the immigration police with her sister Lea (5) and mother, in Lower Austria one is supposed to be Mother with three children getting deported.

In both cases massive protests are formed because the families have integrated themselves very well, some of the children were also born in Austria and speak perfect German. “You know what my personal opinion is, my political opinion about it,” said Health Minister Rudi Anschober (Greens) about the planned deportations in the Press conference after the Council of Ministers on Wednesday.

He has no understanding: “It cannot be the case that well-integrated young people are taken out of the classroom. It’s about schoolchildren who don’t know their country of origin and don’t know the language.” In the case of the case, he now had the “promise from the Ministry of the Interior” that these cases would “at least” be examined, the Minister of Health said when asked how things should proceed in these cases.

ÖVP security spokesman Karl Mahrer defended the deportations in another press conference with reference to the current legal situation. The ÖVP politician refuses to facilitate access to citizenship for children born in Austria, as SOS Mitmensch had also requested on Tuesday. Changes in citizenship law are “currently not at the table”. Now one has to work through the existing asylum procedures and return rejected asylum seekers “in an orderly manner”.

By the way, deportation flights have never been suspended in the corona pandemic, but have been reduced. In December, for example, several refugees who had failed in the trial were brought to Afghanistan.


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