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Austria passes NEW LAWS that BAN face VEILS, FORCE migrants to attend integration courses and asylum seekers to carry out unpaid public work

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Austria has passed a new law which ban women from wearing Islamic face veils in public.

The controversial new legislation also forces migrants to attend integration courses and asylum seekers to do unpaid public service.

From October, police will start handing out £130 fines to women found wearing burqas and niqabs at universities, courts or on public transport.

Under new rules, migrants who have a ‘good chance’ of staying in Austria must attend a 12-month integration school.

These would offer German courses and teach asylum seekers about the ethics, values and culture of the country.

Any migrants who refuse to attend the courses, or do unpaid public jobs, would have their benefits cut.

The measure, backed by ruling parties the Social Democratic party (SPÖ) and Austrian People’s party (ÖVP), has divided opinion, with 3,000 women taking to the streets to protest against the ban in February.

However there are those, including the far-right FPÖ party, which criticised the government for not going far enough, DW reported.

Last month, Austria’s left-leaning president Alexander Van Der Bellen insisted that all women should wear headscarves to combat Islamophobia.