Austria tells Kosovars not to waste time seeking asylum

February 20, 2015 1:11 PM

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PRISTINA (Reuters) - Austria published a full-page appeal in Kosovo's biggest daily newspaper on Friday telling Kosovars they were wasting their time and money trying to win asylum in the EU, responding to a sudden surge in migration from the impoverished Balkan state.

Seven years since declaring independence from Serbia, Kosovo is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of its citizens smuggling themselves into European Union territory through Serbia, leaving behind chronic poverty, unemployment and political corruption for more affluent Western Europe.

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