From Bild am Sonntag: Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and German Deputy Finance Minister Jens Spahn offered their views on migration in a joint interview.
Both top politicians said migrants should be stopped before reaching the European Union and hosted in refugee centres located outside the EU.
Kurz said, “We need refugee centres outside the EU, [that] could be located in countries such as Egypt, Georgia or a country in Western Balkans.”
Kurz added, “People should not be let in at all. It is easier to stop them and send them back at the EU’s external borders than when they are already living in an apartment in Vienna or Berlin.”
When Spahn was asked if rejected asylum seekers should be deported, he replied, “Yes. In the past, we have often been mistaken, so the world got the wrong message, that everyone that comes can stay here and get money.”
“But it has to make a difference if someone fled because of war or whether he migrated because of poverty,” Spahn noted.