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Austrian State to Issue ‘Ten Commandments’ for Migrants

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The new code of conduct urges refugees to respect Austrian law, refrain from violence.

The state government of Lower Austria has a proposal in front of them called the “Ten Commandments of Immigration,” which specifies rules of conduct for migrants seeking asylum in the country, including refraining from violence and showing gratitude to the host country.

Germany’s state-run DW News reported the details of the proposed code for asylum seekers:

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.

Officials would issue the “commandments” to refugees alongside their official asylum application documents, the regional minister responsible for asylum policy, Gottfried Waldhäusl, was reported as saying.

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