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Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

The Austrian government has announced plans to reduce benefit payments for immigrants and refugees in an attempt to reduce immigration to the Central European country.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that the plans outlined on Monday, May 28, set forth that the main benefit payment will be capped at 563 euros per month, rising to match the amount Austrians receive, namely 863 euros, if they pass a German language test.

Also, immigrants would be restricted from claiming such benefits for five years.

Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, in government with a far right party, explained: «The fundamental rule we will introduce is that German will become the key to accessing the full minimum benefit. That means that whoever has insufficient language skills will not be able to claim the full minimum benefit».

Immigrants would also be restricted from claiming such benefits for five years.

In 2015, at the peak of European Union’s migrant crisis, more than 90,000 people applied for asylum in Austria, which makes up over 1% of the country’s population.


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