On Tuesday, an interview with Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) took place in Bregenz. In the face of two controversial cases of deportation in Vorarlberg, several citizens called for short asylum responses. The office emphasized his confidence in the rule of law.
He briefly came up with a short lag for a civil dialogue on the future of the EU in Bregenz Landhaus before the start of the afternoon EU Subsidiarity Conference. When he wanted to leave shortly after his statement about his next meeting, some of the visitors were outraged – and asked the Chancellor for dialogue. "We prefer to demonstrate on the street if you do not want to talk here," one of the students called.
In short: Asylum laws date back to the Chancellery
The chancellor answered some of the questions to the room. He stated the Austrian constitutional state and the independence of the judiciary. Neither politicians nor protestors will decide on asylum but about asylum judges. "It is often not easy to decide on asylum, is someone a Christian, is someone homosexual? I do not know how to do it, being an asylum judge is a very difficult job," Kurz said. Even in the case of humanitarian right of residence, asylum seekers are responsible. Deportation is always the last option.
It recognizes and respects the will of Vorarlberg to have a word in the humanitarian law of residence, but most other federal states are unaware of it. The course also pointed out that the countries they called were abolished in 2014 before the ÖVP-FPÖ government began to speed up asylum procedures. Current asylum laws also came from the time before his chancellery. "Be aware of this," Kurz said, before he managed to suffer sadly in person and other members of the federal government.
When the chancellor wanted to leave the country house with a negligible delay after his responses, he was loud and emotional again in the audience. After the course had a four-way interview with some of the debates, he eventually went on to another meeting.