Austria passes emergency law allowing asylum-seekers to be turned away at the border

The Austrian parliament adopted a new asylum law on Wednesday that will allow the government to declare a “state of emergency” over the migrant crisis and reject almost all asylum-seekers at the border.

The measure will leave Austria with some of the toughest asylum laws in Europe.

It comes after a far-Right candidate, Norbert Hofer, won the first round of the country’s presidential election, running on an anti-migrant message.

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