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PM Fico: migrants from Austria might not even end up in Gabčíkovo

PRIME Minister Robert Fico has said that migrants from Austria might not even end up in the special facility in the village of Gabčíkovo (in the Trnava region), and that the government would not ignore the results of a recent referendum in which 97 percent of the local people who voted rejected the placement of migrants there, the Sme daily reported on July 13.

Prime Minister Robert Fico (Source: SITA)

“Let’s wait to see how the deal with Austria turns out - how and whether it will be carried out - and whether it will be about the migrants going to Gabčíkovo or going somewhere else,” announced Fico, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

The fact is that the facility in Gabčíkovo is ready to accommodate the migrants. According to its director Zoltán Jaroš, the Austrian officials have visited it and were satisfied. The details concerning the migrants' two-year stays are being discussed at the moment.

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Fico did not specify what other alternatives he had in mind. Not even the Interior Ministry is talking about any other locations, only about security.

“We’re preparing measures aimed at completely minimising security risks concerning the planned arrival of the asylum seekers in Gabčíkovo,” said Michaela Paulenová from the ministry’s press department.

According to Fico, a system of extraordinarily strict measures are being worked on in order to address any potential security threats, i.e. increasing the number of police patrols and a temporary rise in the number of police officers in Gabčíkovo. According to Sme’s information, this could include doubling the current number of 18 police officers.

The five hundred migrants will have the same status as any other asylum seekers, including when it comes to allowed outings or other free time activities. Austria will carry out supervision (of the asylum seekers) via a security service.

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The first 250 people could come to Slovakia by the end of August, with the other half arriving in the following month. According to an agreement between the two countries, the migrants will return to Austria at the end of their asylum procedures.

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