Austria bans Islamic veil and demands muslims accept ‘enlightenment values’ or be deported

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
By Paul Martin

AUSTRIA is set to make some migrants attend compulsory language and value courses after ministers agreed to ban full-face veils in “public places”.

Tue, Jan 31, 2017

The country’s chancellor Christian Kerr announced “the full-face veil will be banned in public spaces”, including schools and courts, over the next 18 months.

The agreement to ban full face veils was made between the ruling coalition of the centrist People’s party and centre-left Social Democrats in a bid to counter growing support from far-right Freedom Party (FPO) within Austria.

A new 35-page document added migrants living in Austria will have to agree to an “integration contract” and a “statement of values”.

Migrants entering Austria will have to attend classes for 12 months, where they will then have to pass German language test. Migrants will also have to undertake a separate test to deem whether they have assimilated with Austrian values, according to Austrian government documents.

The ‘integration law’ also includes mandatory attendance of German value courses for all refugees and migrants arriving in Austria. Those who refuse to attend the courses, would be ‘fined’ by having their social benefits cut, the draft proposal says.

While there is no specific ban on headscarfs for civil servants, which was touted by far-rights groups, the guidance does insist employees “present themselves as religiously neutral”.

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