Austria to deport 50K refugees with military aircraft

Austria will start deporting 50 thousand refugees whose asylum applications were rejected with military transport planes within one month

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Asylum seekers walk next to the asylum processing centre in Traiskirchen, Austria, July 31, 2015

Austria will start deporting 50 thousand rejected asylum seekers via military transport aircraft within a month, Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said.

Doskozil said they will use the military planes because they are “substantially cheaper,” Xinhua news agency reported.

He added that the military planes normally carry 92 passengers, but they will be adapted and probably carry less.

In June 2015, far-right MP Dagmar Belakowitsch-Jenewein from Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) suggested deporting refugees with transport aircraft, at the time he was strictly criticised.

Some 90 thousand asylum seekers were registered in Austria in 2015, which is over one percent of its 8.5 million population.

Last month, Austria declared it would cap the number of people allowed to claim asylum this year and its chancellor has announced border controls will be stepped up "massively."

Public fears about immigration have increased support for the far right, and calls for a ceiling on the number of refugees by members of the centre-right People's Party within the coalition government have grown.

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