Austria’s burqa ban kicks in this October

New Austrian legislation came into force on Friday that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1st.

The outlawing of the burqa or other clothing concealing the face follows similar moves in other countries in the European Union, starting with France in 2011.

In Austria, people who break the new law could be fined up to €150 ($168), according to the legislation approved by parliament in May and signed into law by the president this week.

Other measures include a clampdown on distributing extremist material, and immigrants being obliged to sign an “integration contract”.

A 12-month “integration programme” will include courses in “values” and the German language. Failure to attend can result in cuts to social security payments.

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  • Watchman

    “Austrian ski slopes expected to be a revenue bonanza for the Austrian state with on the spot fines for face coverings. Local ski slope hospitals planning for increase in frostbitten nose injuries.” /sarc

    • Maurice Miner

      That’s just simply raaaacist!

      I’m sure that Muslims enjoy skiing as much as infidels.

  • Red-Pilled Conservative

    A 12-month “integration programme” will include courses in “values” and the German language. Failure to attend can result in cuts to social security payments.

    Why in the name of Baby Jesus would any country allow immigrants who go immediately onto social security or other welfare gimmies? Western civilization has lost its collective friggin’ minds.

    • Wise gal

      We have family members who became U.S. Citizens after the age of 65, and were allowed into our Medicare program…so I assume they were probably entered into Social Security as well. Although they do own a home here, they have never lived here permanently (still do not) and have certainly never worked here. I would considered them as “very well-off financially,” if not “rich.” Nice, huh?

  • Alain

    Good luck with that “integration program”.