New German law makes deportation of unsuccessful asylum seekers easier

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 26.5.2017 15:49

In the late hours of Thursday 18 May, the German parliament has passed a new package of laws facilitating the deportation of unsuccessful asylum seekers and monitoring those considered potentially dangerous.

German authorities will now be able to detain refugees in custody for more than twice as long and to monitor potentially dangerous unsuccessful asylum seekers with ankle bracelets. The laws also provide greater possibilities for analysing and sharing migrants' cellphone data. The new legislation, which restricts the freedom of movement of all unsuccessful asylum seekers, is criticised by the opposition parties and human rights organisations, who claim it limits human rights and is mostly aimed at deterring potential asylum seekers. At the beginning of this year, the number of asylum seekers from Afghanistan decreased, and the number of failed applications grew almost to 50%. The measures are partially a response to the December attack in Berlin, committed by an unsuccessful Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri. The German government expects that up to 3.6 million migrants will come to the country by 2020. Toughening asylum policy is also a major topic before the upcoming elections in September this year and, according to Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, for now, this is the last step in toughening asylum laws in this period.

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