The UN refugee agency has denounced “xenophobic debates” in Austrian politics ahead of a parliamentary election in October, calling on political parties to set a more inclusive tone and do more to help those seeking sanctuary.
“In recent years a considerable amount has been achieved in Austria in taking in, providing for and integrating refugees,” the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement posted on its Austrian arm’s website on Monday. “At the same time, however, we view xenophobic debates and exclusionary tendencies with concern.
We call on all democratic parties to carry out political debates thoughtfully and to put what unites above what divides,” it added. (Reuters)