Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s foreign minister, has called for tighter borders in the wake of the Berlin terror attack and has proposed a series of sanctions to punish countries that fail to take back migrants.Mr Kurz, a member of the conservative Austrian People’s Party, says African countries that refuse to co-operate should expect to receive less foreign aid.
He said: “Many of the countries have no interest in their citizens being sent back.
“Countries that are not willing to take back their citizens must have their funds for development cooperation cut.”
Mr Kurz insists the EU must enforce a “less-for-less principle” and secure its borders following the Berlin terror attack.
He warned terrorists could exploit the migrant crisis to make their way into Europe.Mr Kurz said: “If we can not control who immigrates to the EU and who lives here, then this is a security risk.
“I warned a year and a half ago that the refugee routes can also be used by terrorists. Unfortunately, this has turned out to be right.”
The foreign minister told Politico: “Our approach must be to protect the external borders and to tell whoever tries to come to Europe illegally, ‘You won’t get through’.”“We have to stop illegal migrants at the external border, care for them, bring them back to their countries of origin, and if that is not possible, protect them in centres outside Europe that we operate and finance.”
He added: “That should happen ‘the sooner the better’” and insisted that “if the political will is there, such a thing can be very quickly organised.”
Last month the EU agreed to provide funds to Mali to help it create jobs and strengthen border management in return for the African country’s aid in fighting people smugglers and accepting migrants deported from Europe.The EU is said to be working on similar deals with with Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria, Niger, as well as Afghanistan to be able to swiftly deport migrants who still make it to Europe but have no case for asylum.