Austrian foreign minister says migrants should be kept on islands

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said he was sceptical about the impact of a recent agreement with Turkey aimed at reducing the number of migrants travelling to the EUAsylum 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 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.

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