Immigration Policy

Coping with the Refugee Influx

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Syrian refugees camp outside the foreign office in the German city of Dortmund to demand for faster admission processing of their asylum applications.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    With around 450,000 asylum seekers expected to arrive in Germany in 2015, the states and municipalities need both financial and process support from Berlin.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of Germany’s states have agreed to deport rejected asylum-seekers faster.
    • Government officials also want to accelerate the asylum-application process.
    • Ms. Merkel is seeking an agreement among the 28 countries of the European Union for a fair distribution of refugees.
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Germany’s federal and state governments want to accelerate the asylum-application process and to deport rejected asylum-seekers faster.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of the states reached the agreement last Thursday in Berlin.

At the moment, this mainly impacts asylum-seekers from the Balkans, whose applications are almost never accepted.

For those refugees who do have a chance of remaining in Germany, politicians want their integration into society and the labor market to proceed more quickly and intensively. Syrians fleeing civil war and persecution in their country currently make up a large number of asylum seekers in Germany.

Germany is expecting around 450,000 people to seek asylum in the country this year, a massive increase on the already huge figure of 200,000 refugees in 2014.

For all these measures ― asylum application, quicker deportation and efforts at integration ― the number of personnel is to be increased at both the state and federal levels. The evaluation process will be concentrated at four decision-making centers to facilitate faster processing. The goal is to return rejected asylum-seekers to their home countries within three months.

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