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Discord in German government as Syrian refugees to be deported to other EU countries

Germany will expatriate Syrian immigrants.

The Telegraph

 

Thomas de Maiziere incurred outspoken displeasure again  this week when he one-sidedly suggested a plan to reestablish EU principle of granting asylum in those member states that were first which a refugee has entered. After this rule is introduced, Germany will expatriate Syrian immigrants.

The administration of Chancellor of Germany was in contention after de Maiziere’s unilateral actions and had to interpose his intentions to restrict refuge provision for Syrians. Angela Merkel did not clearly denote her dissatisfaction with interior minister’s doings, but she and her associates admitted that they did not receive any information regarding reinstatement of the said principle. Moreover, when de Maiziere’s objective was disclosed on Tuesday, several party members interpreted it as a joke because some of them have only become familiar with the measure halfway through a conference.

Minister received unfavorable feedback from his colleagues who estimated his plan as failure of communication and expressed need to scrutinize this issue thoroughly before taking any actions.

De Maiziere, nevertheless, tried to justify himself stating that restoration of this rule was discussed last month and the parties have come to an agreement. Under so-called Dublin rules, which have already raised controversies, those fleeing war are intended to seek sanctuary in the first country of the European Union they arrive, and in case they try to move to another, they might be expatriated.

Merkel’s decision to cease this principle last summer commemorated the period of rather tolerant immigration policy. The results were Merkel’s lowering ratings and increased flow of refugees who now could travel Europe freely.

Although the rules restricting free transfer for immigrants will be applied as soon as Chancellor agrees to adjust her agenda, the estimated impact on the number of arrivals is not more than reduction by 3%: the majority of refugees who end up in Germany have never applied for the asylum in those countries they arrived first, and thus there is no confirmation that they have ever visited other countries. Furthermore, the arrivals cannot be directed to Greece which is the main port accepting refugees as it has been legally recognized as not meeting asylum’s requirements.

Austria, on the contrary, supports the suggested measure: the government of Austria explains that this was a long-awaited signal and that the culture seems to be turning from vagueness to understanding.

 

The article above is paraphrased from the original by GIA.

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