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Austrians head to the polls Sunday, and nation appears set to swing to the far right

Austrians head to the polls Sunday, and nation appears set to swing to the far right

As Austrians head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government, one main issue dominates the political discourse: concern over migrants.

Polls indicate that the Central European country’s new parliament is poised to tip to the far right as voters appear to be heeding the anti-immigrant message of the strongly-positioned far-right party.

The vote, scheduled for Sunday, comes a year after the country rebuffed a far-right populist in Austria’s presidential election. It also comes against the backdrop of Sicily taking in 600 migrants who were rescued at sea on Friday after fleeing Libya. The new arrivals triggered concerns over a potential renewed flood of migrants from the...

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