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Advertising campaign ‘No Asylum In Austria’ extended to Pakistan

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Austria has a very old anti migration advertising campaign with the name of ‘No Asylum In Austria’. Recently it has been extended to Pakistan and the critics have observed similarities between the posters and those of the right wing Freedom party.

Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the Interior Minister of Austria has announced a very new stage in the campaign of public relations which was launched by central European country in Afghanistan last month.

The posters lay out to those people that Austria is closed to, and it is decided that they will not be welcomed and greeted with equal generosity and gratitude that the earlier migrants had received last year. Last year, the migrants were welcomed at the train station and were greeted by the helpers of ‘Refugees Welcome’ who handed them food and teddy bears.

In a meeting of Human Rights Committee, which held on Wednesday, Mikl-Leitner said that

‘The government would be looking to extend the ‘info-blitz’ to North African countries and to Pakistan’. She further said that ‘She viewed the campaign as an “act of fairness”, both to Austrians who have seen their country overwhelmed with migrants and to any economic migrants themselves who may have radically different ideas of what Austria is actually like’.

People smugglers usually tell the migrants that in general, Western Europe is sort of a heaven on Earth. The migrants are also told that they will get a lot of benefits if they choose to stay in these countries. Not only will they get free housing, jobs and cash but they will also become the subject of the desires of western European women.

Do you know: Around Five million illegal migrants are residing in Pakistan. (Source: Tribune)

The opposition Green Party has drawn many comparisons to the posters of the right wing Freedom Party (FPO), which they have recently started putting up all across the country. The Greens state that the choice of the red color bears holds a very striking resemblance to the posters of Freedom Party (FPO), which say

No Way Will You Make Austria Your Home.

The Freedom Party (FPO) posters in turn are admittedly inspired by the Identitarian youth movement. The Identitarian youth movement has spread the “No Way Will you Make Europe your Home” banners and created t-shirts with exactly the same design, for Identitarian protests along the Austrian border the last year.

The Interior Ministry retorted to the allegations that they had simply imitated the FPO and Identitarians by saying that the color red is actually a signal color like that used on American “Stop” signs, and it is also one of the two national colors of Austria. They also stated that it was, in any case, not very likely that people of Afghanistan or Pakistan would have any idea who the FPO were.

Breitbart has reported that the campaign will involve posters, TV spots and internet ads in English, German, Arabic, Urdu and Pashtun in Pakistan. The campaign is popular due to its efficiency, costing only about 10,000 euros which is less than the cost to house and feed one migrant in Austria.

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