Germany’s left-wing coalition government has rejected calls from conservatives to speed up deportations and do more to reduce the arrival of illegal immigrants.
Germany’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party, the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), attempted to pass a motion in the German parliament asking the left-wing federal government to reduce the arrival of illegal immigrants.
However, the coalition of the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the Libertarian Free Democrats (FDP) voted against the proposal along with the Left Party, with SPD member Helge Lindh criticizing the motion to come soon after dozens of migrants had died. in a shipwreck off the Italian coast, the European Union-funded website InfoMigrants reports.
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Thorsten Frei, a member of the CDU, denounced the left-wing coalition and said the current policy sends a bad message, saying: “Whoever has ever arrived in Germany can also stay here.”
Frei also commented on an 11-page position paper on immigration prepared by the CDU and CSU on immigration, calling for clearer rules for asylum seekers and skilled immigrants and the creation of a single new immigration authority.
“Anyone who does not get a right of residence after the procedure has ended must leave the country. We have to enforce this consistently, otherwise we could avoid the procedure,” he said.
“No trade facilitation, no visas and no development assistance for states that fail to fulfill their obligation under international law to take back their own citizens,” he added.
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Germany has been struggling for years with the deportations of illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers. A report released last weekend showed that the country was able to carry out just 13,000 deportations last year, while another 23,000 failed.
Alexander Throm, member of the CDU in the Bundestag and spokesman for domestic policy, stated: “Germany is in its worst migration crisis since 2016. A successful repatriation policy must be a priority at the federal and state level.”
“Not everyone who comes to us can stay. We are launching a repatriation offensive to make departures more consistent, especially the deportation of offenders and those who pose a threat,” he added.
At the end of last year, Germany’s Central Register of Foreigners claimed that more than 304,000 people had been issued with deportation orders, of which 248,145 were allowed to remain in the country under the tolerated residence permit.
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