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THE Austrian government has lost track of more than 10,000 asylum seekers, new figures revealed today.

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From January to November 2015, show that 19,660 positive asylum decisions were issued while 11,275 applications were rejected.

Yet a staggering 10,261 procedures had to be discontinued because the applicants could no longer be found.

Spokesman of the Interior Ministry Karl-Heinz Grundboeck said: “We assume that the majority of these people have applied for asylum in Austria, but then moved to another target country.” 

Increasingly, asylum seekers also change their whereabouts between different Austrian cities without informing authorities, leading to “chaotic situations”, according to local media.

They do so because they have relatives or friends in other areas, are not satisfied with their quarters or expect a faster asylum procedure in another federal state.

Another reason for this is down to the fact that subsidies and social benefits differ between states and this impacts on asylum seekers' travel patterns.

We assume that the majority of these people have applied for asylum in Austria, but then moved to another target country

Karl-Heinz Grundboeck, spokesman of the Interior Ministry

Recently the German-Pakistani investigative journalist and terrorism expert Shams Ul-Haq noted in an undercover investigation how easy it is for asylum seekers to disappear into thin air, saying it creates a huge terror risk for Europe.

When Ul-Haq had enough of an undercover stay at an asylum centre in the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen, he asked to terminate his asylum procedure.

Together with five other migrants, he was released onto the streets, without travel documents, as illegal residents. 

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FURIOUS migrants clashed with police and staged chaotic protest in front of the local government's office after a refugee died overnight in a fire.

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Dozens of migrants staged a protest on Saturday outside local government offices after the death of a refugee, which they blame on authorities.

The violent skirmishes saw the migrants attempt to storm Florence's local government prefecture building by force.   

However, riot police held the migrants back while scuffles continued for several hours.

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Police had to resort to a human barricade to stop protesters forcing their way into the prefecture.

After the migrants failed to break into the local government offices, they staged a sit-in.

They chanted 'shame' and showed banners reading it was the state's fault that the migrant had died during an overnight fire.

Some protesters lay down in the road, bringing traffic to a halt while others tried to storm an art exhibition hall.

The protest came after Ali Muse, a 44-year-old migrant, died from severe burns in a fire at an abandoned plant used as a makeshift shelter by 80 African asylum seekers.

According to witnesses, Muse was able to get out of the building when the blaze first erupted but returned to get documents that would enable family members to join him in Italy.

One of the Somali migrants, Mohamed Ali, said: "Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get out, probably because his room was one of the most distant from the door."

Investigators believe the fire could have been caused by the migrants' attempt to warm up in sub-freezing temperatures.

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Pope Francis has once again weighed in on Europe’s migrant crisis, urging immigrants to respect local laws and customs while conserving their own cultural idiosyncrasies.

 

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After his midday Angelus prayer on Sunday, the Pope told the crowd gathered in Saint Peter’s Square that the day was marked for the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, and that this year’s commemoration would focus on “Underage Migrants, Vulnerable and Voiceless.”

“These little brothers and sisters of ours,” Francis said, “especially those who are unaccompanied, are exposed to numerous perils. I tell you there are many! It is imperative to adopt every possible measure to guarantee protection and defense to underage migrants, as well as their integration.”

Turning to the immigrants present of different ethnic origins, Francis wished them a peaceful existence in their new home, but also encouraged them to respect “local laws and customs” while at the same time holding on to the values of their home cultures.

On other occasions, Pope Francis has insisted that the rule of law be applied faithfully when dealing with immigration issues.

The Pope’s words echoed an important passage from the Catholic Catechism, which does not endorse an open borders approach to immigration, but teaches that migration must take place within the rule of law.

The Catechism states that lawmakers may make the exercise of the right to immigrate “subject to various juridical conditions,” especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption.

“Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them,” the text continues, “to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.”

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THE ringleader of the migrant gang – who are accused of breaking the jaw of a helpless 15-year-old girl – is thought to have been behind a string of similar assaults

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The girl, named only as Leonie, heads up the gang of six migrants who are purported to have carried out several Sharia-inspired attacks across the European capital of Vienna.

Leonie, 15, was among the six Muslim youths from Chechnya who allegedly beat up a teenage girl, named as Patricia, in the centre of the Austrian capital city.

Patricia, a Polish schoolgirl, was falsely accused of pulling off a Muslim woman's headscarf.

The attack, which left her with a broken jaw in two places, shocked Austria when footage of the beating went viral.

However, now prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to prove this attack was in fact one of many carried out by the migrant gang.

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Prosecutors, who are still waiting for the trial to begin, expect Leonie to face a string of further allegations.

She is accused of beating up another girl the day after the attack on Patricia, where Leonie is said to have kicked her in the face while two boys held her down.

The young thug is also said to have attacked a girl in a youth centre in Lower Austria as well as being involved in a club brawl.

Her gang hit Patricia 22 times in the head during the horrific attack on the young Polish schoolgirl. 

One of the members, named as Ahmet K, or Abuu, later posted a picture of himself flexing his muscles with the caption, 'Jawbreaker'.

He initially apologised for the attack but later posted: "To all those I offended, insulted or beaten. I do not give a s***. Next year I will do it better."

Abuu, who was sentenced to six months' probation for robbery in September, could face a prison sentence if convicted of the attack on Patricia.

The names of the rest of the six-member gang, who are all aged between 15 and 21, have not been released.

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Two of seven suspects in a case of abduction and violent sexual assault have been jailed for four years each by a Swedish court, with the others released for lack of evidence.

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The two so-called “stateless refugees” — so identified because they arrived in Sweden without identification papers and consequently can’t be deported — have been jailed for the rape which took place in Malmo, Sweden in March 2016.

While the Swedish court has not identified the criminals, Sweden’s Fria Tider (Free Times) has named the jailed men as 28-year-old Khaled Azez Hegrs and 23-year-old Tareq Bakkar, both of no fixed address. It is reported the men are from Kuwait and Syria respectively, and neither speak Swedish without a translator.

The court heard how the 23-year-old female victim was kidnapped at Gunpoint in Helsingborg, reports Swedish daily newspaper Expressen, before being driven 60 kilometres south to Malmo. The men covered the security cameras covering the basement of a Shisha-coffee shop in the city before taking the woman below  — where she told officers other migrant men were waiting.

The men were described as having “exhibited particular ruthlessness and brutality”.

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While the victim told police the men took turns in raping her either singly or in pairs and using threats of violence, the force was only able to secure convictions of two of the seven suspects. Even this was considered a good outcome by police, who said in a statement this week:

 

“It’s good we found forensic evidence, it can be difficult [to find] sometimes. On some fabrics for instance, it can be difficult to find traces of semen.

“We had good cooperation with all involved — analysts, forensics, and the National Forensic Centre technology group. We have also had good communication with the prosecutor and it is good that there has been a conviction”.

The two convictions achieved were made on the strength of DNA traces found on a carpet in the storage basement of the Shisha bar, CCTV camera images, and witness statements. In addition to the jail sentence, they will also have to pay 264,400  Swedish Kronor (£24,000) compensation to the woman.

After the conviction, it was revealed the younger of the two criminal migrants already had a conviction for making unlawful threats and violence, reports Expressen.

The charges of aggravated rape and abetting rape against the other five men was dropped due to lack of evidence.

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