AUSTRIA’S Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz suggested following “Australia’s example” of interning refugees in island camps in an interview in newspaper Die Presse yesterday.
Mr Kurz said that “the Australian model can’t be copied one to one, but the basic principle can be applied to Europe.”
He said a refugee stranded on an island such as Lesbos who stands little chance of getting asylum is more likely to return home than someone who already has a flat in Vienna or Berlin.
The Australian government has drawn harsh criticism for its policy of paying third-party countries Nauru and Papua New Guinea to hold asylum-seekers in squalid camps.
“The Australian model of course cannot be completely replicated but its principles can be applied in Europe,” Mr Kurz said.