The influx of refugees into Germany continues, and the political establishment apparently isn’t able to manage the situation.
The law for speeding up asylum-request processing won’t be able to correct years of administrative lapses. And while attempts to combat the causes of migration are justified, they remain hopeless. It won’t be possible to quickly or easily remedy the failures of German policy and its isolation in Europe.
The readiness for change simply doesn’t correspond to the magnitude of the challenge. That would require a demonstration of legislative courage to loosen regulations and experiment with alternatives.
At the very least, the waiting time to begin working after receiving a residence permit is being reduced from four years to 15 months – for work through a temporary employment agency. In professions with worker shortages, that waiting time is being reduced down to three months. But even this waiting period is just as impractical as the so-called “priority reviews” of 15 months.