Before federal-state summit: IMK chairman considers asylum in third countries complicated

Before federal-state summit: IMK chairman considers asylum in third countries complicated
Before federal-state summit: IMK chairman considers asylum in third countries complicated

Should asylum procedures be outsourced to countries outside the European Union? Heads of government and interior ministers are debating this. Brandenburg thinks it is complicated. The FDP is putting pressure on them.

Brandenburg’s Interior Minister Michael Stübgen (CDU) views considerations of asylum procedures in third countries outside the EU with a certain degree of skepticism. The parliamentary manager of the Union faction, Thorsten Frei (CDU), believes that it would be entirely feasible and could help solve problems with irregular migration.

“This is a possible project that will be very complicated and will not be easy to classify legally,” said Stübgen at the Conference of Interior Ministers (IMK) in Potsdam. He added: “But I am happy to be convinced that this should be attempted.” Great Britain, where the model is being implemented with great effort, has not been very successful in this matter so far, said Stübgen, who is currently chairing the conference.

The conservative British government has long been trying to bring people who enter the country without permission to Rwanda. They are to apply for asylum there; there are no plans for them to return to Britain. Italy wants to outsource the asylum procedures for some of the rescued boat migrants to Albania.

The model of safe third countries for asylum seekers would be constitutionally feasible, stressed Frei, it only depends on “whether the traffic light government has the political will to do it.” Scholz must initiate a course correction in migration policy, demanded Frei.

FDP parliamentary group vice-chairman proposes pilot project

The deputy FDP parliamentary group leader, Konstantin Kuhle, told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND): “In order to advance this project, the federal government should start a pilot project as soon as possible in order to gain its own experience.”

The state interior ministers have continued their consultations in Potsdam, and Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) also arrived this morning. She is expected to attend a meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the state premiers in Berlin in the late afternoon. There she is to present the results of an examination by her ministry of the legal and practical requirements of various models of a third-country regulation. The question of which country might be willing to accept asylum seekers from Germany is not included.

The federal government had also agreed with the federal states to examine the possibility of asylum procedures outside the EU. Bremen’s head of government Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD), for example, does not consider such considerations to be suitable for curbing migration.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig also expressed skepticism. It must first be clarified whether such a regulation is even possible and what the advantages and disadvantages are, said the SPD politician at the start of the state Prime Minister’s Conference in Berlin. “I am extremely skeptical, but I think it is important that we talk about it first.”

One should not be for or against something for ideological reasons. All measures must be examined to see whether they are compatible with the existing rules and whether they actually work. “We don’t need symbolic politics, we need practical results.”

Deportation to Syria and Afghanistan? Stübgen makes demands

In the debate about deporting serious criminals and so-called dangerous people to Afghanistan and Syria, Stübgen said: “The fact is that we have to make progress there. (…) And I also believe that the population expects that such people will no longer stay in this country.” He believes it is necessary to start with Syria. “The legal conditions there are different, but then the federal government, especially the Federal Foreign Minister, must finally start to build diplomatic channels so that this can be organized.” As a consequence of the fatal knife attack in Mannheim, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had previously announced that the deportation of serious criminals to Afghanistan and Syria would again be possible.

Source: Stern

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