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Austria Passes Controversial Asylum Law

A controversial new law in Austria restricts the right of asylum and allows authorities to reject asylum seekers directly at the border. The new law comes days after the far-right candidate finished atop the first...

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A controversial new law in Austria restricts the right of asylum and allows authorities to reject asylum seekers directly at the border. The new law comes days after the far-right candidate finished atop the first round of Austria's presidential election, and follows rumors that the country is considering building a fence along the main border crossing with Italy. The new asylum law lets the government declare a "state of emergency" and reject even asylum seekers from war-torn countries, and rights groups say it undermines the principle of protection from war and persecution.