Austria to 'dump' 500 refugees to Slovakia

Austria is planning to send hundreds of refugees to Slovakia, a move that has been criticized as a "horror".

Austria to 'dump' 500 refugees to Slovakia

World Bulletin / News Desk

Austria is planning to send hundreds of refugees to its neighbour Slovakia, in a move that has been criticized as “asylum dumping” and a “disgusting horror.”

The plan of the Austrian Ministry of the Interior is to send some 500 refugees to Slovakia because of the overcrowded conditions at Traiskirchen processing center. The current premises houses roughly 3,200 people, and lacks 900 beds for people. A report in Austria's the Local reports that  Traiskirchen was never designed to accommodate more than 480 people.

The transfer will start this month and continue through to September. Those transferred are to be housed in university dorms in the Slovakian town of Gabcikovo. The first 50 people are expected to be moved to Slovakia this month, another 200 in August, and a further 250 in September.

The agreement is expected to last two years and will be signed in the next few days. The asylum application processing will be carried out by Austrian authorities. Once given asylum, refugees will return to live in Austria.

Austria and Slovakia will  share the costs, so it is “likely to be a cheaper solution,” said Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner. “With this initiative Slovakia is showing solidarity. It’s a small step, but one which sends a great signal.”

Amnesty International Austria chief Heinz Patzelt said it was a "disgusting horror" and the decision was also met criticism from the Austrian Green Party that called the measure “asylum dumping” and “neoliberal logic” that everything should be cheaper, including human rights.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Temmuz 2015, 11:02