“The numbers are a clear indicator that we need to protect our social systems and provide incentives for real integration. Due to the policies of Ludwig Spö, a large number of immigrants do not seek citizenship despite long-term residence, as they can access the social system even without an Austrian passport. It undermines the meaning of citizenship and prevents integration,” Knapp said.
“We are only allowed to provide social benefits such as a minimum income to those who are fully committed to our country and who have Austrian citizenship. “Further weakening the criteria for receiving social benefits or granting the right to vote would devalue the efforts of those who strive for citizenship and take the associated obligations seriously,” Knapp further emphasizes.
The President of the Viennese FPÖ reiterated that the right to vote must remain a fundamental privilege of Austrian citizens. Knapp explains, “The right to vote should be reserved for those who feel connected to our homeland and have honestly earned citizenship through years of integration efforts.”