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Germany Addresses The Illegal Migrant Crisis on The Germany And Austria Border

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We must return to well-ordered procedures














In view of the numbers of refugees at the Austrian-German border, Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière has called for “well-ordered procedures”. The way Austria has acted over the last few days was not right, he said. At the same time, de Maizière expects the new package of legislation to facilitate swifter repatriation.

Huge numbers of refugees continue to arrive at the Austrian-German border every day. 

The Federal Interior Minister commented on the huge increase in the number of refugees arriving in Germany via the Western Balkans route. Only incredible efforts have made it possible to take in the asylum-seekers and refugees in Bavaria and reallocate them to other parts of the country, he reported. But Austria’s actions over the last few days have not been right, said Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday.

“We have to complain,” he affirmed, “that refugees have been driven to certain points in the dark with no warning, such that they arrive at the German border unprepared and without any sort of provision.” There have, of course, been intensive contacts with Austria, and we were assured on Tuesday that orderly procedures would be restored, he reported. “I expect this to happen with immediate effect.”

On Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she “was in almost constant contact with Austria”, as was the Head of the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Minister of the Interior. That is “normal for the way we act”.

Swifter return of migrants

On Wednesday Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière spoke of the new legislation which came into effect last Saturday. “I am happy that the package I submitted has come into effect so quickly. This gives us the chance to return or deport migrants more swiftly. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees will be processing many older cases between now and Christmas at the new decision-making centres. This will mean that tens of thousands of asylum-seekers from the Balkans whose applications are rejected will have to leave the country. The deportation orders must be enforced. I am pleased that the new legislation provides the legal framework required.”

11,000 deportations

This year, some 11,000 deportations have been undertaken, he reported. To this number must be added 27,000 returnees receiving assistance. “That is also a large number. It is important that those who are required to leave the country actually do leave. I fully expect the number of repatriations and deportations to increase significantly over the months to come,” said the Federal Interior Minister. The federal police will play an active part. “I will be visiting Albania over the next few days to gain an impression of how deported individuals are received there.”

Afghan refugees

The Federal Interior Minister also took a stance on Afghanistan as a country of origin. This month, and for the year as a whole, Afghanistan ranks second in the most frequent countries of origin. That, said Thomas de Maizière, is not acceptable. “We are in agreement with the Afghan government, that this is not a state of affairs we wish to see. More and more of the Afghan middle class are arriving. Here too we agree with the Afghan government that the young generation and the middle class families ought to stay in their country and help build it.

A great deal of development assistance for Afghanistan

German soldiers are helping make Afghanistan a safer place. Huge sums of development cooperation funds have gone to Afghanistan. “It is then reasonable to expect the Afghans to stay in their country. The people coming to us from Afghanistan as asylum-seekers cannot expect to be allowed to stay in Germany, not even with tolerated residence status. I would not like to propose that Afghanistan be classed as a safe country of origin. Each individual case will be considered carefully on its merits in line with the rule of law, but we also have a very high level of tolerated residence status.” As one outcome of the meeting at EU level on Sunday, the European Commission is to negotiate a readmission agreement with the Afghan government.


[photo credits-featured image: “SchengenGrenzeBayern-Tirol” by BlueMars at German Wikipedia(Original text: BlueMars) – Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons.(Original text: selbst fotografiert). Licensed under Public Domain via Commons –]


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