Sebastian Kurz. Photo: Bildagentur Zolles / Mike Ranz Asylum seekers to the European Union should be held on islands rather than be allowed direct access to the continent, Austria's foreign minister has said. Sebastian Kurz suggested in an interview with Die Presse newspaper published on Sunday that the bloc follow the "Australian example" to discourage migrants from setting out on the often perilous journey to Europe. Under Australia's harsh and much-criticised immigration policy, asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat are turned back or sent to Pacific camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea where they are held indefinitely while their refugee applications are processed. They are blocked from resettling in Australia even if found to be refugees. "The Australian model of course cannot be completely replicated but its principles can be applied in Europe," the minister said, adding that he was skeptical about the impact of a recent … [Read more...] about Kurz: Keep asylum seekers on islands
Mikl-Leitner and Klug discussing asylum arrangements. Photo: APA (Schlager) Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) says that existing quarters for asylum seekers will be extended and private quarters will be rented to house the flood of refugees coming into Austria. This step comes after Mikl-Leitner had previously announced that the main reception centre in Traiskirchen, a town near Baden in Lower Austria, would not be able to admit any more refugees. The military barracks in Linz-Ebelsberg in Upper Austria would be an "option where refugees could be provided with optimum support," she said. She expected an answer from Defence Minister Gerald Klug (Social Democrats/SPÖ) by Thursday, Mikl-Leitner added. The Governor of Upper Austria Josef Pühringer (ÖVP) told the news daily Kurier on Wednesday that the Ebelsberg option "can be done at any time". … [Read more...] about More housing sought for asylum seekers
Asylum seekers won't have freedom to roam the town. Photo: www.bremgarten.ch Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga says there is no legal basis for a ban on asylum seekers using public swimming pools. Speaking on the issue for the first time on Friday, the justice minister said: “constitutional rights are for everyone and are not negotiable”, the Blick newspaper reported in its online edition. “There is no general, preventive ban on using the pool. There are no grounds for this and no legal basis,” the minister said. Sommaruga was responding to a decision by the authorities in Bremgarten in the canton of Aargau to bar residents in a new asylum centre there from public sport venues and schools. Earlier this week the head of the Federal Office for Migration, Mario Gattiker, told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper it was “totally normal” for the town authorities to limit asylum seekers’ freedom of movement. Bremgarten in the canton … [Read more...] about Asylum seekers’ rights not negotiable: minister
The open-air pool is out of bounds. Photo: Stadt Bremgarten The first federal centre for asylum seekers has opened in Bremgarten in the canton of Aargau and is already causing controversy. Residents face a ban on entering “sensitive areas” of the town, including the vicinity of schools and public swimming pools. Centre-left politicians and human rights groups say such a ban is not lawful and cannot be enforced. The provisional centre – a former military barracks – is the first to open since Swiss voters approached tougher asylum laws in June. It will house up to 150 asylum seekers over a three-year period. The first 23 people moved in on Monday. The first group was made up of men, women and two children from Eritrea, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Sudan, the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper reported. The Federal Office of Migration said the ban on asylum applicants entering certain areas of the town had been agreed with the Bremgarten authorities. The … [Read more...] about Asylum seekers face public pool ban
If you need help in standing out from the crowd of others looking for the same job positions, consider seeing yourself as a problem solver and not just a job seeker. The key in today’s job market is knowing what you have to offer an employer. It starts with a good understanding of what hiring decision makers are looking for and taking the time to develop a personal branding statement. A branding statement is crucial in knowing what makes you unique and is well worth your time in thinking about what sets you apart from others. If I were to choose one suggestion in helping job candidates stand out among others it would be their approach to making a good first impression. Consider this question when introducing yourself to others: Are you a job seeker or a problem solver? Your answer will reveal your view of what it takes to be a candidate of choice. The difference between the two groups reflects the changes in the marketplace moving from an industrial age to one of knowledge. … [Read more...] about Are you a problem solver or a job seeker?