Opposition: Government disregards fundamental rights

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DThe opposition factions in the Bundestag have sharply criticized the draft of the orderly return law, which was debated on Thursday in first reading in the Bundestag. Greens and Left MPs accused the grand coalition, which had long struggled with the law, of violating the fundamental rights of asylum-seekers. According to the bill, a distinction is to be made in the future between the tolerated persons who bring about the obstacle to deportation and those who have no reason to answer for it.

Helene Bubrowski

If an asylum seeker without papers does not cooperate in the procurement of replacement documents, he is excluded from integration services, and even faces a fine. The aim is also to combat secondary migration in Europe: refugees who have already been recognized in another EU state should be almost completely exempted from social benefits. In addition, deportation detainees should be temporarily housed in correctional facilities.

The domestic spokeswoman for the Left Party, Ulla Jelpke, spoke in the Bundestag that rights of those seeking protection would be "mutilated" beyond recognition. The Green politician Filiz Polat complained disproportionate interference in fundamental rights. Also of the FDP came criticism. Deputy Linda Teuteberg, who has recently become secretary-general of the party, fears a "competence chaos" between the federal government and the states and called on the federal government to assume responsibility for detention and execution. AfD MP Gottfried Curio said the law was missing its target.

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) and the members of the Union and SPD solicited on Thursday for the law. Thorsten Frei (CDU), Deputy Chairman of the Union Group, said: "We must do everything we can to ensure that applicable law is implemented." He reminded that around 240,000 people in Germany were executives who had to leave the country, more returns had failed last year, completed successfully. The domestic spokesman of the Union's parliamentary group, Mathias Middelberg (CDU), said that the law does not lead to a tightening of the law, but serves only the consistent implementation. After the ministerial vote, the bill was weakened at the request of the SPD.



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