Lower Austria does not want to accept any more asylum seekers – however, the largest federal state in Austria does not meet the quota.
In the course of increasing migration pressure, the debate about the accommodation of asylum seekers flares up again. Lower Austria Provincial Councilor Gottfried Waldhäusl (FPÖ) Be on Wednesday that the quarters in Lower Austria are already full. “We don’t have a lot of leeway anymore. That means we still have 200 places available from the capacity and then we’ll be full.” The APA’s quota statistics on basic services from Wednesday say otherwise.
As is usually the case, Vienna is the only federal state that not only fulfills its quotation, but also overflows it. The federal capital 10,600 asylum seekers, those in need of subsidiary protection and other foreigners. That is 4,700 more people than the quota would give and corresponds to an overcrowding of the quota of almost 180 percent.
Vorarlberg is lagging behind
Lower Austria 2,600 people, 1,100 fewer than what needs to be taken care of. The quota is only met to just under 80 percent. The initial reception center in Traiskirchen is not included in these figures because it is a federal institution. Around 1,500 asylum seekers are currently housed there.
Carinthia is currently in second place in terms of quota compliance with 92 percent or just under 1,200 people. The worst is Vorarlberg with a quota fulfillment of only 66 percent. The Ländle supplies 800 people, but according to the quota it would have to supply 1,200. With 3,000 accommodations, Upper Austria fulfills the quota to 75 percent, Styria (2,700) to 76 percent, Tyrol (1,800) to 77 percent, Salzburg (1,200) to 86 percent and Burgenland (730) to just under 84 percent.
“No federal state can solve the problem”
The daily rates in refugee care have remained unchanged for years and have not been valorized; the last adjustment was in 2016.
Lower Austria announced last week that it would no longer accept asylum seekers. Carinthia and Vienna also no longer want to take in refugees. The responsible Viennese city councilor Peter Hacker from the SPÖ told the ORF on Wednesday that the federal government had to ensure “fair distribution”. “No federal state can solve the problem.”