EU critical of Austria’s plan to cap asylum applications

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Refugees and migrants children line up as they walk along a border fence after they crossed the Slovenian-Austrian border, near the village of Spielfeld, Austria, 16 February 2016.

EU critical of Austria’s plan to cap asylum applications


Austria’s plan to limit the number of refugees who can apply for asylum at the border to 80 a day violates the Geneva Convention on the rights of asylum seekers.

In a letter to the Austrian government seen by the Financial Times, Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU commissioner responsible for migration, warned Vienna that the proposals violated not only the Geneva Convention but also the Convention on Human Rights and the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.

“I would urge you to reconsider the u...


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