EU wants to send refugees back for trips home

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — On September 8, the Alternative for Germany (ADG) party will raise in the Bundestag the issue of legislatively depriving refugees of migrants who regularly return to their countries, Waldemar Gerdt, member of the international committee of the German parliament, told Izvestia. Other politicians want to introduce this rule in the EU.

Horst Seehofer, head of the German Ministry of Internal Affairs, also called for the expulsion of refugees on vacation at home. He proposed first to introduce a selective verification of documents on the borders of the country and intends to discuss this issue with Angela Merkel. The Interior Minister assured that “in matters of security, the Federal Chancellor fully adheres to the same line.”

French MP Thierry Mariani told Izvestia that he supports the initiative of German colleagues and plans to submit this proposal to the main legislative body of the European Union in order to extend this practice to the entire EU.

“Our party has been fighting for the adoption of this law for two years now, it’s surprising that the minister came to this just now. We don’t intend to leave this case just like that: on September 8, at the very first meeting of the international committee of the Bundestag, I intend to raise this issue so that it was adopted at the legislative level, “Gerdt emphasized.

By law, Germany accepts only those who are in real danger, who have nowhere else to go. And if they spend their holidays at home, what danger they are in danger, the politician wondered, he explained.

“Of course, I will raise this issue at a meeting in Brussels in the very near future,” said European Parliament deputy Thierry Mariani. “I will fly to Damascus on August 26–27 to personally meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad and study the situation on the spot. If look at the Syrians who are arriving in France and Germany, these are mainly young people, young men who do not want to serve in the army. Deserters, in other words, if they then return to their homes, why do they need political asylum? refugees from countries B of the eastern bloc — the same GDR or Czechoslovakia — who arrived in France in the 1950s and 1960s went on vacation to their countries.

France in terms of the number of accepted refugees ranks second in Europe after Germany. In 2018, according to statistics, 139.3 thousand people applied for asylum. Status was granted only 46,700 of them. Most come from Afghanistan, Albania, and Georgia. Syrians – about 2 thousand people.

In 2018, more than 1.8 million migrants applied for asylum in Germany, which is 6% more than a year earlier.


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