Austrian Minister Wants To Set Up Off-Shore Detention Center For Migrants

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Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz wants the European Union to follow Australia’s example of putting migrants in off-shore detention centers instead of letting them into the continent.

Australia is known for having one of the harshest immigration systems in the world. Foreigners who arrive to the country by boat are immediately sent to an off-shore detention center thousands of miles away where they are held indefinitely. (RELATED: Australia’s Immigrant Gitmo: Where Pro-Lifers Are Jailed, And Illegals Languish Indefinitely)

The United Nations has criticized the system for breaching human rights, but Kurz believes the EU needs to set up a similar system to tackle the refugee crisis. (RELATED: Hillary Welcomes Refugees, Her Husband Gave Them A One-Way Ticket To Gitmo)

“The Australian model of course cannot be completely replicated but its principles can be applied in Europe,” Kurz told Die Presse in an interview published Sunday.

Kurz, 29, is the youngest minister in any European country. He represents the nationalist People’s Party, which has been growing rapidly over the past year and nearly won the presidential election, when Norbert Hofer lost to Green party candidate Alexander Van der Bellen by a few thousand votes in May.

Kurz used Ellis Island in New York — where European immigrants arrived to the U.S. in the late 1800s and first half of the 20th century — as another example when an immigration station helped control influx.

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