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Obtaining asylum in Germany could become more difficult


Within the CDU/CSU and the FDP, calls for tougher asylum laws and restrictions on illegal immigration are increasing. Thus, CDU leader Friedrich Merz accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of reckless policy towards refugees.

“The municipalities are begging the Chancellor,” Merz told the Bild newspaper, “to finally act.” He added that his behavior undermines the confidence of Germany’s European partners. The CDU leader stressed that in Germany there are “limits to what we can endure”. “Therefore, we should limit illegal immigration to a manageable level.”

With 30,000 asylum applications a month already in process, Germany “now far exceeds the benchmark” of 200,000 a year from the former federal government, Mertz said. In particular, he called for increased security at the EU’s external borders. “Asylum procedures should, as far as possible, be carried out at the border of the European Union, for example, via reception and decision centers established in the border area.”

Bavaria issues

Meanwhile, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) questioned the level of social benefits for asylum seekers. He said in an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that Germany pays the highest social benefits to asylum seekers compared to other European countries. “We must seriously ask ourselves if we can afford such a long-term policy. It’s a pull effect that needs to be talked about.” Herrmann also urged the federal government to restrict immigration and expedite the deportation of rejected asylum seekers. To do this, he said, the federal government must pressure the countries of origin to take their citizens.

FDP position statement

According to Mediengruppe Bayern, two FDP politicians have written a position paper calling for more order and consistency in all migration policy. The vice-president of the parliamentary group, Constantin Kühle, and the leader of the parliamentary group, Stefan Thomae, demand that in future asylum applications can also be processed in third countries.

In addition, it is necessary to expand the powers of the federal police to repatriate people who are required to leave the country. The authors call for a “federal land offensive on repatriation.”

Kuhnert warns

“If the CDU/CSU wants to get involved in migration policy, it would be nice if this time around they resisted the temptation to poison the debate with slogans about social tourism and similar nonsense,” said said SPD General Secretary Kevin Künert in an interview with Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

According to Künert, problems such as the housing shortage are clear to everyone. “Therefore, Interior Minister Nancy Feather initiated an orderly process a long time ago. This includes the mobilization of federal property, as well as the digitization of processes in municipalities. Bernhard Daldrup, spokesperson of the municipal policy of the SPD parliamentary group, also pointed out that the federal government “has been discussing the current problems with the municipalities for a long time”.

The federal government already pays billions to the municipalities to welcome refugees, create kindergartens or organize integration courses. Daldrup believes that today it is – in the first place – the responsibility of federal lands, which must transfer the necessary financial resources to the municipalities.

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Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 0 of November 30 -0001

Newspaper headline: CDU/CSU and FDP want to strengthen asylum law

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