Germany considers reforming asylum laws

German parliament begins to discuss new asylum law, tightening refugee intake criterias

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Refugees sleep at an improvised temporary shelter in a sports hall in Hanau, Germany, September 24, 2015

The German parliament officially started to re-discuss the present asylum law on Thursday allowing the refugee intake from “safe countries of origin,” following the influx of refugees reaching a record high number in September.

The new asylum criteria was submitted to parliament prior to offering an expansion on “safe countries of origin.” The list includes three more countries Albania, Kosovo and Serbia and it limits the refugee intake, accepting only asylum seekers from countries which have a low protection rate. Macedonia and Bosnia have already been declared as safe countries of origin before.

The reformative Asylum Law also intends to tighten security controls of rejected asylum seekers, such as easing the application process and encourage the integration of approved refugees to German society.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that Germany might need to set up screening centres at the borders to control legal refugee intake.

"We are clearly committed to integrating those who are worthy of protection," he said adding that the ones whose asylum were rejected should leave the country.

Approved Asylum Applications in Germany

As of 2015, Germany accepted most asylum applications from war torn countries, such as Syria and Iraq, where their protection rates were classified as “low” with the war continuing in both countries for years, however, most of the applications were from the Western Balkans, were they were rejected along with Senegal.

While Germany expected to take an estimated 800,000 refugees in 2015, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government faced criticism over its plan to deport economic refugees from the country.

In Thursday’s debate over the amendment bill, Maiziere said that the existing asylum policy was not to cope with the refugee crisis and time would show whether it will be sufficient or not.

According to the government, the bill is a precaution to avoid the further rise in unjustified applications.



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