The Freedom Party of Austria is a right-wing political platform from the country of its namesake and is known in German as Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs. Mr. Herbert Kickl, a member of the Freedom Party, was sworn in as Interior Minister in December 2017, and has recently expressed his intention to “beef up the country’s asylum policies.” 

Such “beefing up” will, according to the Austrian Minister, includes, “avoiding a large mass of people from entering the country in an uncontrolled manner.” 

Such a stance on non-Western immigration stands in direct opposition to the legislation passed by Germany, Austria’s brother-nation. Compared to the extremely pro-immigration policies passed by Germany in 2017, including Chancellor Merkel’s refusal to place limits on the amount of refugees received, Kickl’s stance appears to stand in direct opposition. 

Immigration to Europe has inflicted many domestic issues in the past decade, including issues of upper limits and the refusal of certain populations to assimilate. 

Mass immigration from foreign countries to Germany has greatly affected the day-to-day lives of the German populace, with approximately 10% of the European population has been born outside of European countries, effectively meaning that 1 out of every 10 citizens of Europe are non-natives. This poses a severe threat to the integrity of German culture and civilization, due to the inevitable result of multiculturalism that detracts from a country’s culture in favor of a festering cesspool of flavors and identities.

In the 2016 Saxony-Anhalt election, however, the Alternative for Germany party (a far-right political entity) enjoyed second place in the Landtag, receiving over 24% of the vote, and in a Berlin state election, they achieved over 14% of the national vote, making them the fifth largest political party in Germany. Anti-immigration policies are gradually growing in public support. 

Additionally, Kickl also proposed mandatory X-rays to determine asylum-seekers’ ages for legal purposes. Austrian government is currently undergoing vast magisterial reform, as the recently elected Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has been asked to “form a new government” by Austrian President
Alexander Van der Bellen

These are the latest updates on immigration in Austria.