Austria, a member of the EU since 1995, is a country of 8.8 million people with a Muslim population of around 600,000 mostly Turkish immigrants. In 2015 it passed an 'Islam Law' prohibiting foreign funding of religious groups and creating a duty for Muslim organisations to have 'a positive fundamental view towards state and society'.
Many mosques in Austria have continued to receive money from Turkish Muslim organisations so the new right-wing government have decided to enforce the law. Seven mosques have been identified for closure and 60 imams are to be either deported or refused visas. Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache told a news conference: “This is just the beginning.”
The Austrian coalition government came to power following Europe's immigration crisis.