Germany’s CDU/CSU and SPD agreed on rules for family reunification

  • Tomáš Hošek
  • 31.1.2018 21:45

On 31 January, German coalition of Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) found an agreement on the question of family reunification regarding migrants under subsidiary protection. The parties, thus, managed to overcome one of the most significant hurdles in forming a coalition.

Starting in August, family members of refugees under subsidiary protection will be able to enter Germany, with a limit of 1,000 people per month. The roots of the disagreement between CDU/CSU and SPD lie in the 2016 legislative changes of German immigration law, which suspended the family reunification of refugees under subsidiary protection until March 2018. The goal of SPD has been to resume the process as soon as possible, while the conservative CDU/CSU coalition, which saw an outflow of its voters to the radical populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), aims to tighten the immigration rules. The arranged proposal, therefore, seems like a feasible compromise, although critics in SPD call for increasing the monthly cap from 1,000 to 2,000 people. Early forming of a new coalition government is essential for the placation of the shaky political atmosphere in Germany, as well as for the debate on the European asylum system (so-called Dublin IV) or Eurozone reforms, in which the federal republic plays a crucial role.

 

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