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Austria: Chancellor Kurz firmly opposes to the admission of Moria migrants

VIENNA. The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has spoken out again against the admission of migrants from the burned down Greek reception center Moria. "If we give in to this pressure now, we risk making the same mistakes as in 2015," Kurz said on Saturday in a video message on Facebook.

"What is not needed is symbolic politics, but rather real, sustainable financial support for the affected areas, an economic perspective for the African continent and an effective protection of our external borders," emphasized the ÖVP boss with a view to the EU Politics.

Previously, ten European states had agreed to accept 400 unaccompanied minor immigrants. The governments of Germany and France announced that they would each bring 100 to 150 of them into their country. In Germany, ten mayors wrote to Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). "We are ready to take in people from Moria to defuse the humanitarian catastrophe," it said. The AfD spoke out strongly against such a project. There are also votes against acceptance in the Union . The Greens in particular have been campaigning for asylum seekers to be relocated from Greece to Germany within weeks.

Protesting migrants attack the police
In Austria, the ÖVP spoke out against acceptance immediately after the fires in the middle of the week, which according to the Greek authorities were probably started by immigrants themselves. The Greens, on the other hand, who together with the ÖVP form the government in Vienna, campaigned for it. Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) said on Saturday that he wanted to continue negotiating with the coalition partner.

The Greek army tried unsuccessfully to set up a tent camp for the migrants because the residents of the former camp had protested violently. Some immigrants protested near the capital of the island of Lesbos, Mytilini. The police used tear gas against them. According to a photographer from the AFP news agency, migrants had previously thrown stones at officials.

Meanwhile, a petition from Junge Freiheit continues to receive support. By Saturday, more than 4,500 people signed the call not to bring Moria migrants to Germany. The demand is not only to reject all refugees from Moria, but to help on site instead.

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