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Austria: When Deportations Lead to Protests

Despite loud protests, three families were deported from Austria to Georgia and Armenia on Thursday night. A particularly large number of people stood up for one of these families: friends, teachers, activists, and representatives of many political parties. The defenders especially insisted that a twelve-year-old girl, who was already born in Austria and was currently studying in a grammar school, be allowed to remain in the country.

Not everyone has the right to remain

Those who do not have grounds for asylum should be deported more quickly, says the newspaper Die Presse:

“There are often statements from the left-wing camp these days that one cannot rely solely on a court decision. But in a state governed by the rule of law, who, if not the courts, is to decide who has the right to remain in the country? Will politicians decide who to pardon? And let those who arouse sympathy and are supported by the media remain, while the rest, if unlucky, are unlucky? That would be arbitrary, not the practice of the rule of law. ... The lesson the state should learn from this case ... is not new: the asylum application process should be expedited, and in obviously hopeless cases deportation should be expedited. ... The state must find the time and the means — and ensure proper enforcement. In doing so, the state must not go along with those who, without grounds for asylum, try to pull the bagpipes in the hope that sooner or later everyone will be allowed to stay. »

A Dilemma for the State

Finding a reasonable balance between law enforcement and humanity is quite a challenge,” notes Wiener Zeitung:

“From a legal point of view, the case is clear. Asylum applications by families have been rejected by many instances; the victims have evaded the authorities' attempts to enforce court decisions for years. Proponents of the humanitarian approach cite the welfare of children, some of whom were already born here. The emphasis on the welfare of children could serve as a legal loophole — and in one situation or another, it is indeed an acceptable solution. But in law enforcement practice, the state must take into account the possible consequences of its decisions. Activists should not care about this, for them what matters is specific people and their fates. ... In the conflict between 'the law must remain the law' and 'it's about people's fates,' there is no easy solution.”

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