Austria could be set to force refugees to do menial work for 87p an hour – or risk losing state handouts from the government.
Foreign minister Sebastian Kurz said many asylum seekers were ‘illiterate’ and should be made to carry out mandatory community jobs to help integrate them into society.
They would be required to work between 15 and 30 hours a week for just one euro an hour on work like street cleaning and municipal gardening, Kurz said.
I’m pretty sure that an asylum seeker cannot be forced to work. They have an absolute right to a minimum standard of care as they seek that asylum. But of course there’s nothing at all to stop people offering a little more in return for some labour.