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Germany: Berlin parliament begins debating draft law on increasing deportations00:38

Germany: Berlin parliament begins debating draft law on increasing deportations

Germany, Berlin
March 23, 2017 at 16:04 GMT -00:00 · Published

The German parliament began discussing a draft law aiming to tighten the right of residence in Berlin on Thursday.

Interior Minister of Germany, Thomas de Maiziere, quoted that last year around 55,000 rejected asylum seekers left Germany voluntarily, while more than 25,000 were deported. He stated this figure was a 40 percent increase in comparison to the previous year.

De Maiziere stated that the German government is now looking to "improve" the balance between voluntary returns and deportations.

The Interior Minister said the draft law under discussion would contribute to achieving this aim through improving the identification process; a more effective implementation of deportations and improving surveillance of "dangerous individuals that are obliged to leave the country."

The draft law will ask refugees entering the country to provide their name and country of origin. It will also outline consequences for those who are endangering other individuals.

De Maiziere said that while the government will be "friendly" and "open-minded," they will "stay vigilant and capable of acting and will endorse the right of residence - even though it might be controversial, even if it might hurt."

Germany: Berlin parliament begins debating draft law on increasing deportations00:38
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The German parliament began discussing a draft law aiming to tighten the right of residence in Berlin on Thursday.

Interior Minister of Germany, Thomas de Maiziere, quoted that last year around 55,000 rejected asylum seekers left Germany voluntarily, while more than 25,000 were deported. He stated this figure was a 40 percent increase in comparison to the previous year.

De Maiziere stated that the German government is now looking to "improve" the balance between voluntary returns and deportations.

The Interior Minister said the draft law under discussion would contribute to achieving this aim through improving the identification process; a more effective implementation of deportations and improving surveillance of "dangerous individuals that are obliged to leave the country."

The draft law will ask refugees entering the country to provide their name and country of origin. It will also outline consequences for those who are endangering other individuals.

De Maiziere said that while the government will be "friendly" and "open-minded," they will "stay vigilant and capable of acting and will endorse the right of residence - even though it might be controversial, even if it might hurt."

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