Austria has passed a new law that is rather controversial, but their parliament insists is going to keep their citizens safe. Austria has banned islamic dress, including full face coverings, and is planning on removing benefits like welfare and food stamps for those who fail to learn the language.
“Those who are not prepared to accept Enlightenment values will have to leave our country and society,” reads the text of the law, RT reported.
Now that the law has been passed, woman who fail to comply with the dress code will will face a fine of €150 ($168) if they wear Islamic dresses.
In addition to the fines, all new migrants coming to Austria to live will now be forced to take a 12-month “integration course” that includes German language lessons if they wish to receive any welfare benefits.
The new law also makes it illegal for newcomers to distribute incendiary materials, and migrants will be encouraged to volunteer before acquiring permanent work permits in order to prepare them for life in the workplace.
Austria’s attempt to integrate new immigrants has come in response to the migrant crisis rocking most European countries. At least 90,000 migrants, mostly from Muslim-majority countries outside Europe, have arrived to Austria since 2015.