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Austria to jail migrants making false refugee claims

Staff Writer | June 30, 2017
The Austrian cabinet has approved a law that will condemn refugees who make false statements in their applications to six months in prison and a fine of 5,000 euros ($5,373).
Austria to jail migrants
Immigrants   The Austrian cabinet:
Children whose applications have false information will be sentenced to three months in prison.

The law was prepared by the interior ministry and passed with the support of the coalition parties in government and the opposition Team Stronach Party.

An explanation of the law's purpose specified that it is designed to make it more difficult for refugees to settle in Austria, and to deter those who plan to settle on false grounds.

The law is expected to come into effect after being voted on in the national parliament.

Until refugees have gained their right to remain in the country, the new law will require them to stay at a fixed address and not leave the immediate area.