The SPÖ wants to continue to bring more and more refugees into the country. Again she called for migrants from the Greek camp Moria to be brought to Austria. This is what SPÖ Federal Managing Director Christian Deutsch said to the new Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP).
Karner’s predecessor, the now Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer, presented himself as a “hardliner” and deported children instead of admitting them, Deutsch explained. Taking in children from the burned down Greek refugee camp Moria is now the “litmus test” for the ÖVP under new leadership. “I urge Chancellor Nehammer to end his policy of social cold.” After Sebastian Kurz’s retirement as Chancellor and ÖVP chairman, there is now a chance to allow real help.
Likewise, the SPÖ has long been calling for the access to Austrian citizenship for foreigners to be made drastically easier. Just being in Austria should be enough after a certain period of time to automatically be entitled to Austrian citizenship. Integration services then no longer played a role. Foreign children born in Austria should be granted citizenship automatically.
Austria grants around 9,000 citizenships each year. The SPÖ’s proposal would mean a tenfold increase in this number. By 2027, 100,000 refugees from Syria and Afghanistan would automatically become Austrian citizens.
According to a study by the OGM Institute, the two largest groups of immigrants in Vienna choose the SPÖ to a greater extent than the general population. The other rival parties would have lower shares of the vote. The obvious conclusion: The SPÖ hopes that the naturalized migrants will gain more support in the upcoming elections.