Germany Gets Tougher On Immigration

  • Umay Atik
  • 2.4.2017 18:45

Germany has started to deport more potentially dangerous failed asylum seekers in the aftermath of the Berlin attack, sources revealed on 30 March. The German approach towards immigration changed in January after Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and Justice Minister Heiko Maas agreed on a tougher stance to prevent any future attacks from occurring.

The Joint Terrorism Prevention Centre (GTAZ) reviewed potential attackers to be repatriated and at least 10 people were deported since January. The Interior Ministry estimates the number of potential attackers to be more than 600. This was followed by a draft law pushed by Jutta Cordt, the head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), to gather data from the mobile devices of refugees for identification purposes. This draft is set to be discussed in parliament on 27 April and is highly controversial due to concerns about its unconstitutionality.

Germany has seen the greatest refugee influx in Europe. The government was highly criticised for Merkel's open door policy and is now trying to address electorate's concerns regarding immigration before the general election in September. Both Germany and the EU have been working with countries such as Tunisia, Libya and Morocco to accelerate the repatriation process by providing financial and technical support. 

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