Interior minister Gerhard Karner, translator Rasha Corti and Gerald Tatzgern, migration expert at the interior ministry, at the presentation of the campaign on August 23, 2022 | Photo: Press handout Austrian interior ministry  © BMI/Jürgen Makowecz
Interior minister Gerhard Karner, translator Rasha Corti and Gerald Tatzgern, migration expert at the interior ministry, at the presentation of the campaign on August 23, 2022 | Photo: Press handout Austrian interior ministry © BMI/Jürgen Makowecz

Austria is intensifying its crackdown on irregular immigration, launching a new campaign in a bid to deter potential migrants from countries including Morocco, Tunisia, India and Serbia.

Austria's asylum system is "almost at a breaking point," Interior Minister Gerhard Karner announced on Tuesday (August 23).

In response, Vienna is launching a series of advertisements to be distributed and posted on social media platforms in eight countries including Morocco, Tunisia, India and Serbia.

"Illegal Migration: You will fail," reads one of the ads. "You can't stay" and "There's no getting through" are also warnings part of Austria's anti-immigration campaign.

According to Karner, some 42,000 applications for asylum had been filed between January and July 2022. The conservative politician added that the current figures, however, cannot be compared with the situation during the 2015/2016 refugee crisis.

Since early 2021, Austria's interior ministry used online platforms to sporadically campaign against irregular immigration and to prevent trafficking using boats and trucks. The government has now widened its campaign to also target countries from which Austria hardly accepts people as refugees.

Austrian leader and immigration hardliner Karl Nehammer, who became chancellor in December 2021, has been criticized by rights activists and NGOs for his tough stance on immigration and asylum seekers.

With dpa

 

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