Germany Plans to Expand Deportation of Failed Asylum Seekers
Feb 09, 2017 03:06 PM EST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to uncover arrangements to fundamentally expand deportations of failed asylum seekers.
The measures incorporate permitting access to asylum seekers' telephones and SIM cards to confirm their identities and expanding the sum paid to voluntary returnees. Lately, the migration issues has turned into a vigorously politicized issue in Germany, since the election will be held later this year, reported BBC.
Last December, 12 people were killed at a Berlin Christimas market by an asylum seeker Anis Amri who originated from Tunisia. Amri, who Tunisia refused to take back after his asylum bid was rejected, has put a high pressure on Markel's government.
The German chancellor is meeting with state leaders later to talk about another 16-point plan to accelerate deportations. The plan, which was spilled to German media, described that a new deportation center will be set up in Berlin. The center also rumored to be set up at the airports to hold rejected asylum seekers prior to their deportations.
Germany plans to spend around €90m for the major aspect of repatriation and reintegration programs this year. Voluntary returnees who could make their decisions quickly will be given more money. 16 regional governments of Germany are in charge of the deportations of the failed asylum seekers. There were about 890,000 asylum seekers arrived in Germany in 2015. Merkel's decision to leave the border open has caused her popularity dented - which resulted to the rise of anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany (AfD).
On the other hand, the primary risk confronting her Christian Democratic Union in front of September's race are the Social Democrats, which have seen a surge in support since previous EU Parliament president Martin Schulz was named to lead the party a month ago, as reported by The Telegraph.
Some state governments drove by the Social Democrats restrict the expelling of Afghans who have their asylum claims dismisses on the premise that their nation of origin is not safe to come back to. Afghans have turned into Germany's second biggest group of asylum seekers, after Syrians being the first, with 154,000 landing in 2015. Almost all Syrians were granted asylum due to the continuous civil war in Syria.
Around 25,000 migrants altogether were deported last year, and more than double has left intentionally. According to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Thursday, more migrants were being granted asylum, yet more were also being rejected.