All of these people originally come from Syria. They are currently seeking asylum in Austria and thus will be accommodated in Slovakia only temporarily. Those who receive asylum must return to Austria, said Marta Fabianová from the Interior Ministry’s press department.
“The asylum seeking procedure of each applicant lasts approximately three months,” Fabianová said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “A memorandum with the Austrian Interior Ministry regarding Slovak assistance with sheltering asylum seekers is valid for two years.”
The asylum seekers will come and go continually and in groups, but the total number may not exceed 500, she added.
It appears that the Syrians may move around freely during their stay in Gabčíkovo.
“No conflicts with the people of Gabčíkovo have been recorded so far,” Fabianová continued, as quoted by TASR.
Slovakia is covering the costs of the refugees’ food and accommodation, but all other expenditures such as those on medical care, security services and allowances are being paid by Austria.
The memorandum states that it will be possible to accommodate migrants from countries other than Syria.
29. Sep 2015 at 12:39 | Compiled by Spectator staff