Mar 02, 2019 09:51 Asia/Tehran

Austria's far-right Interior Minister has ordered the conversion of refugee reception camps into departure centers.

Iran Press/Europe:  Austria has started converting its refugee reception camps into departure centers. The work started on 1 March.

The country’s far-right Interior Minister has even proposed preventive detention of asylum seekers who are deemed a threat to the country. Stricter migration laws across Europe are feared to affect the fundamental rights of refugees, according to a Press TV report.

The centers of initial reception of refugees in Austria are being converted into centers of departure with thorough checks of asylum applicants' identities being introduced there, Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said.

According to Kickl, the centres will be carefully checking the identities of people applying for asylum.

"We will study the trip routes of the newcomers and, of course, predict the potential threat from them, cooperating with the police and, when necessary, with experts from the regional and federal agencies for the protection of the constitution and the fight against terrorism [counterintelligence]," he said.

In addition to travel routes, the centers will also quickly find out the reasons for seeking asylum, and in the absence of the grounds to stay in Austria, migrants will be given advice on how to return to the country from which they came.

European countries have been experiencing a severe migration crisis since 2015 due to the influx of thousands of migrants and refugees, fleeing crises and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa. 101/211/205

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