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Deportations up 36 Percent Under Populist Interior Minister

Deportations up 36 Percent Under Populist Interior Minister

Deportations of failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants have increased by 36 percent under populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) Interior Minister Herbert Kickl compared to 2017 as Austria looks to provide more information to the public on deportation cases.

In the first five months of 2018, the Austrian Interior Ministry has recorded a total of 2,926 deportations of failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants – an increase of 450 from last year.

The report comes after Interior Minister Kickl promised in March to overhaul the Austrian asylum system following a number of high-profile violent incidents including the random stabbing of a family in Vienna by an Afghan asylum seeker.

The Interior Ministry also announced this week that it would be looking to allow the Federal Asylum Office to make more information available to the public in failed asylum and deportation cases in order to grant more transparency to the general public.

While the details of criminal cases are often allowed to be published in the media, the details of asylum cases were often kept private, leading to speculation on the justification for deportation.

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