Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns EU migrant curbs
April 28, Geneva: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has criticised "increasingly restrictive" policies on migrants in Europe. Speaking to the Austrian parliament, he said such curbs ran counter to member countries' international duties.
He was speaking a day after Austrian MPs approved a draft law restricting asylum rights and allowing most claims to be rejected at the border. Ban told MPs in Vienna that, "I am concerned that European countries are now adopting increasingly restrictive immigration and refugee policies.
The European Union, including Austria, is struggling to cope with a huge influx of mainly Syrian migrants.
More than a million people arrived in Europe last year sparking the worst refugee crisis on the continent since World War Two, and creating division in the EU over how to deal with it.
The Oslo Times