More Than Half of Suspects in Murders of Women in 2017 Were Foreigners

February 1, 2019

More than half of the suspects involved in murders where women were the victims have foreign backgrounds, according to Austrian Family Minister Juliane Bogner-Strauss.

Ms Bogner-Strauss said that in 2017 Austria had seen 203 suspects involved in the murders of women and of those, 126 were foreigners. Among the foreigners were 62 asylum seekers — over a quarter of all suspects, Kleine Zeitung reports.

“You have to take appropriate action,” Bogner-Strauss said and added that she wanted to support economic development for women to help them gain independence from violent households saying, “Patriarchal structures have not yet died out in Austria.”

The Austrian family minister also defended the government’s move to reform the amount for child payments for foreigners working in Austria but with children living overseas saying, “The cost of living in Eastern Europe and the average wages there are much lower.”

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This article was posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7:23 am

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