Family reunification can bring more migrants to Germany in 2018

On Tuesday 29 August, the German Bild newspaper reported that around 390,000 migrants could be allowed to bring their immediate family members to Germany next year. This right is given by the Geneva Convention to refugees with full asylum status. Since 2015, more than 230,000 applications have already been filed and their number will continue to increase, according to government data.

Alexander Gauland, a politician from the populist far-right Alternative for Germany (AFD) party, said it was an absolute madness to enable migrants to reunite their families. Similarly, current Home Affairs Minister Thomas de Maiziére wants to extend the temporary restraint on the reunification of Syrian refugee families. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a favourite in this year's election, said the next step will be decided after the election. According to a survey published by the Bild, up to 58 % of Germans believe that reunification of families should be abandoned. In spite of the partial mitigation of the refugee crisis, populist parties in European countries still have electoral support, for example, AfD has lost its support but, according to surveys, can get up to 10 % of votes.

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