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A short note from Austria: I think the positive reaction here isn't carried exclusively by civil society. What preceded this is that the old law for housing refugees was a federalist mess with everyone in position to point the finger at someone else. The PR catastrophe of pictures of refugees sleeping in the open ultimately led to the governing coalition and the Greens passing a constitutional law allowing the federal government to overrule local objections to refugee accommodations. That was quite an investment of political capital that would turn into a PR liability if the general mood turned hostile.
At least that is my explanation why the state broadcaster runs features on the positive influence the refugees have on Austria's economy. I mean it is perfectly true that money spent on feeding people doesn't just vaporize. However that was also true when they were very impressed by silly deficit reduction plans.
Overall I'm not complaining.
by generic on Wed Sep 16th, 2015 at 11:06:48 AM EST

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