Asylum seekers will have to hand over cash and phones, Austria’s new coalition says

Asylum seekers in Austria will have to hand over their mobile phones and money as part of an asylum application, Austria’s new conservative and far-Right coalition announced.

Under the plan unveiled after the two parties were sworn in yesterday, Austria will seek to stop illegal immigration and ensure that people whose asylum claims are rejected are quickly deported. Asylum is “temporary protection” only, the policy states.

The money seized by authorities will apparently be used to cover basic care costs, while mobile phone data will be trawled through to clarify identities, the coalition said.

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