Nancy Faeser, the Federal Interior Minister, intends to facilitate the deportation of rejected asylum seekers. The politician, affiliated with the Social Democratic Party, aims to extend the detention period for deportations.
This proposal has been supported by the coalition partner party, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), while it has been criticized by the police union.
The Free Democratic Party of Germany has welcomed the plans of Nancy Faeser, the Federal Interior Minister, to facilitate the deportation of rejected asylum seekers. Stefan Thomae, the Parliamentary Manager of the parliamentary group, expressed his opinion that this represents an important signal.
“There are still many deportation operations that fail, and this should change quickly. The state must ensure the execution of its decisions,” said Stefan Thomae, the Parliamentary Manager of the parliamentary group.
Thomae added that extending the detention period before deportation to 28 days and expanding access rights to asylum centers are important steps. He further emphasized the need for providing more pre-deportation detention facilities, strengthening local immigration offices, and providing additional consequences for the federal police.
The other side of the coin: The German Police Union criticizes the decision
Criticism came from the German Police Union, where Rainer Wendt, the President of the German Police Union, stated that Faeser’s deportation plans “will not solve the problems in the country.”
He added that the best protection against illegal migration is effective border control and improving police capabilities to combat smuggling crimes.
Faeser suggests extending the detention period before deportation
Faeser had proposed in a discussion paper, among other things, extending the detention period before deportation from 10 days to 28 days. It was also intended for the police to have access to the room of the person to be deported and any other rooms to enforce procedures.
Moreover, objections or claims against entry and residence bans should not have a suspensive effect. Further discussions are currently underway about the proposals that were developed in talks with the states and municipalities, before the ministry presents specific draft laws.
According to the federal government, around 13,000 people obliged to leave Germany were deported last year. By the end of the year, there were more than 304,000 people obliged to leave according to the Central Register of Foreign Nationals, with around 248,000 of them having tolerated status.
Those obliged to leave include rejected asylum seekers as well as tourists, migrant workers, and foreign students whose visas or residence permits have expired.
“Tolerated persons” are those who are required to leave but cannot be deported, for example because they lack identity documents, have medical conditions, or have a minor child with a residence permit.
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