Many are dissatisfied with the result of the refugee summit. One of the few agreed points: acceleration of the asylum procedures in two countries. But there is also headwind in the coalition.
After the federal-state meeting on refugee policy, there is already resistance in the coalition to one of the agreements. The Greens migration expert Filliz Polat criticized the intended classification of Moldova and Georgia as safe countries of origin, which should enable a quick deportation of asylum seekers from these countries.
“The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine also directly affects Moldova and Georgia. We consider these two countries to be classified as safe countries of origin in this situation as extremely problematic,” Polat told the “Welt”.
The decision by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the state heads of government states: “They agree that the asylum procedures for nationals from states that have prospects of joining the EU should be accelerated (Article 16a (3) of the Basic Law). . This is particularly true for Georgia and Moldova.” And: “The federal government will present a draft law in a timely manner.”
Polat said: “In general, we Greens reject the concept of safe countries of origin. It is always associated with a restriction of legal protection for those affected because there is a reversal of the burden of proof.” In the case of Georgia and Moldova, minorities are affected, especially queer people or Sinti and Roma.
“Scholz closes his eyes to reality”
The parliamentary secretary of the Union faction, Thorsten Frei (CDU) considers the results of the federal-state meeting to be irrelevant. “Not one less migrant is coming into the country now. Irregular immigration remains open to all,” he told the “Bild” newspaper. “While France has long been checking all borders, Olaf Scholz is closing his eyes to reality.”
Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) reiterated his criticism of the meager compromise, also referring to the AfD. “We have to get into a system that permanently ensures co-financing by the federal government,” he told the editorial network Germany. “If the population does not accept the refugee policy, we have a funding program for the AfD. That must make us all uneasy. We must not give them any breathing room.”
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