Federal and state governments: For the time being, no fundamental decision on refugee costs

Federal and state governments: For the time being, no fundamental decision on refugee costs

The heads of government of the countries wanted a permanent solution that automatically adjusts to the number of asylum seekers. Now there is a one-off increase from the federal government for 2023.

At a refugee summit in the Chancellery, the federal and state governments postponed a fundamental decision on permanently higher federal funds for financing the accommodation and care of those seeking protection.

As can be seen from the agreement that the prime ministers made with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), the federal government will initially increase the refugee allowance to the federal states by one billion euros for 2023. This is intended to support the federal states in further relieving their municipalities and in financing the digitization of the immigration authorities.

Decision probably not until November

The participants of the meeting stated that there was agreement that coping with refugee migration is a permanent task for the federal, state and local governments. Against this background, the federal and state governments wanted to clarify how the financing of this task could be regulated in the future. A decision on this should be made at a meeting next November.

In the first four months of this year, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees received 101,981 asylum applications. This is an increase in the number of applications by around 78 percent compared to the same period last year. Since the beginning of the year, the main countries of origin have been Syria, Afghanistan and Turkey.

Extension of detention pending departure

Last year, around 218,000 people applied for asylum in Germany for the first time. In addition, the municipalities have to accommodate more than a million war refugees from Ukraine. They do not have to apply for asylum.

In order to enforce deportations more consistently, the federal and state governments have agreed to extend the maximum duration of detention from the current 10 to 28 days, said Scholz. According to the information, extended responsibilities of the federal police and an improved exchange of information between the judicial and immigration authorities were also agreed.

Source: Stern

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