When a group of refugees reached the asylum center, they were expecting to be given fat paychecks, food stamps, and free housing at the taxpayers’ expense. However, instead of receiving the glorious handouts they wanted, the migrants were left fuming at the counter-offer they were given.
The left has propagated the falsehood that the millions of Muslims passing up dozens of nearby Islamic countries to flock to the West are doing so because they are victims of war. In reality, the UN Refugee Agency reports that over 72 percent of refugees to Europe are men and less than 7 percent are even from Syria. Fortunately, some countries have realized this and are resisting liberal policies, replacing them with great measures to deter the influx of economic and criminal migrants.
In response to the United Nations’ attempt to force it to indefinitely resettle Muslim migrants, Austria has discovered a way to encourage asylum seekers to avoid them while still playing by the UN’s rules. Not wanting to face the UN’s burdensome fines for refusing migrants, Austria has implemented requirements for refugees that not only prevents welfare abuse but causes asylum seekers to rethink migrating to its borders.
The Express reports that on Tuesday, Austrian Parliament approved a series of measures that will make the burqa illegal and force all refugees to learn the German language, complete a year-long course in assimilation, and participate in unpaid charity work if they want refugee status.
Residents who are caught wearing the Islamic veil in public will be slapped with a $165 fine for each offense with additional offenses resulting in harsher reprimands. The legislation will also force migrants to take German language classes and a 12-month integration course that focuses on the country’s culture and values. During this time, they will be expected to speak the language of their hosts and adopt the Austrian way of life if they wish to stay.
Furthermore, asylum seekers are now expected to earn their benefits, including welfare and food stamps, by contributing to society. Migrants will be encouraged to participate in unpaid charity work before they even enter the country, according to RT. If they refuse, they risk losing their benefits and refugee status. The proposal is meant to inform refugees that they will be expected to earn a living.
The charity requirement serves several purposes. First, it will relieve some of the burdens on taxpayers by having migrants give back to the communities funding them. It will also prevent welfare abuse and weed out economic migrants who’ve come to Austria solely for welfare. Additionally, the legislation helps prepare refugees to join the workforce, lowering the number of unemployed welfare users and migrants who possess little to no skill.
Migrants were already enraged after Upper Austria slashed their monthly benefits from $1030 to $580 last summer. Sputnik News reports that with Austria’s continual crackdown on migrant welfare abusers, the country is now ranked as one of the lowest paying in Europe. The recent changes have prompted a decrease in Muslim migration to its borders, which is seen as a major accomplishment in light of the UN’s pressure to take in more asylum seekers.
The new measures are in direct response to the left’s devastating influence on the country’s policies. Last month, liberal Austrian President Alexander Van Der Bellen outraged many with his suggestion that non-Muslim women don the oppressive, mandatory hijab to combat “Islamophobia.”
“It is the right of a woman… to dress herself however she wants. That is my opinion about it,” he said. “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.”
To his dismay, his own government responded to the people’s outcry by banning the burqa and implementing legislation to push Muslims to assimilate instead of expecting Austrians to adhere to their religious and cultural beliefs.
While Austria’s president is worried about Islam’s reputation, which Islam itself created, his country is more concerned with the growing threat of Sharia law. They have pushed back against their politicians and are attaining the change needed to combat an oppressive and violent ideology that seeks to abolish their laws, values, and freedoms.