Austrian state plans ‘Ten Commandments’ for refugees

Refugees arriving in Austria (picture-alliance/imageBroker)

Refugees in Lower Austria are to be issued with “Ten Commandments of Immigration” by regional authorities. Included in the edicts is a requirement for migrants to show gratitude to Austria.

Authorities in Lower Austria are set to issue a new code of conduct for refugees to follow, according to a report on Monday.  

The rules would be referred to as the “Ten Commandments of Immigration,” and would be issued to new refugees as soon as they arrive in the state, the German newspaper Welt reported.

Among the rules, migrants are required to:

  • Learn German
  • Adhere to Austrian laws
  • Adopt “Austrian values” and raise children in accordance with them;
  • Resolve conflicts nonviolently
  • Respect religious freedom
  • Prevent unnecessary suffering to animals
  • Show gratitude to Austria

The rules would underpin integration courses in 15 different languages for individuals applying for asylum. Refugees would be asked to sign a written agreement to adhere to them.

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