Austria’s coalition government has unveiled plans to ban full-face veils in public and restrict eastern European workers’ access to the country’s labor market.
According to reports, these proposals are part of a wider government programme targeted at countering the rise of the far-right, anti-Islam Freedom Party.
“The full-face veil will be banned in public spaces,” said Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern after the new programme of policies set to be implemented over the next 18 months were signed by the ministers.
The 35-page programme also includes tightening up security and surveillance measures, obliging migrants granted the right to stay to sign an “integration contract” and a “statement of values”.
Text of an announcement adds that “those who are not prepared to accept Enlightenment values will have to leave our country and society,” also promising that the government will lower taxes and non-wage labor costs, restrict access of foreign workers to the Austrian labor market and create 70,000 new jobs. – Samaa