The opposition Union has called on the traffic light coalition to make joint decisions to limit irregular migration to Germany. “We offer you to solve this issue with us, because otherwise it could develop into a major social conflict,” said CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt in the Bundestag.

Asylum numbers are rising, municipalities are overloaded, acceptance is dwindling. If this analysis is the basis, a consensus can be formed. After the proposal for a Germany pact, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) did nothing to fill this “empty word” with life. Dobrindt accused Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) of blocking EU migration decisions.

The Union submitted its own proposal for a Germany pact on migration. He calls on the government to “significantly reduce irregular migration in order to relieve the burden on federal, state and local governments.”

The list of safe countries of origin for accelerated asylum procedures should be expanded to include Georgia, Moldova, India, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Following the example of the border with Austria, border controls should also be introduced at the borders with Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. Effective agreements should be concluded with relevant countries of origin to take back their nationals. The federal and state governments should increase their efforts towards voluntary returns and deportations.

“Asylum protection mechanism” in third countries

Dobrindt also wants to accommodate refugees in countries outside of Europe with the help of a European “asylum protection mechanism”. “The right to asylum does not necessarily mean that this protection has to be granted in Europe,” he said in an interview with the news portal “t-online”. Third countries could also protect people, with the help of a concept for a European asylum protection mechanism. According to the “t-online” report, he did not elaborate on his statements.

Faeser rejects allegations of inaction on migration

Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has rejected accusations from the opposition that she is inactive on the issue of migration and is reinforcing it with her policies. “Our measures are working. We control and regulate migration,” said the SPD politician in the Bundestag. The reason for the debate was a motion submitted by the CDU and CSU under the heading “Germany Pact in Migration Policy” with demands for stricter measures in this area. The Union was reacting to Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), who, a good two weeks ago, offered the Union a “Germany Pact” to modernize the country.

In her speech, Faeser referred to the planned reform of the European asylum system, joint work with Polish and Czech authorities at the borders and increased federal police for the so-called covert search. “So we’re already taking action wherever you ask.” She also rejected reports that there were plans to make family reunification easier for refugees. The Interior Minister said she had no plans to do that at the moment.

Faeser accused the previous speaker, CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt, of fueling the debate with his statements. Proposals from the Union for a migration cap are populism that only strengthens the right-wing extremists. “Don’t continue on the wrong path of campaigning on the backs of people who are threatened by war and terror.” There are no easy solutions.

Ministry: No relief for family reunification planned

According to its own information, the Federal Ministry of the Interior is currently not planning any new legal regulations to make it easier for refugees to reunite with their families. The draft law in question is a one-year-old working draft from the migration department of the ministry, which is currently not being pursued further, a spokesman said upon request. “Easing family reunification is currently not a priority given the tense accommodation situation in the municipalities.”

The absolute priority for the actions of the Federal Government and the Federal Minister of the Interior is currently the control, order and limitation of irregular migration, particularly through effective European solutions, he added. The “Welt am Sonntag” reported on a draft that was available to it and was intended to make so-called family reunification significantly easier. In the Bundestag, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) said that she had no plans to do this.

Number of asylum applications in the EU increased significantly in June

In the European Union, the number of first-time asylum applications rose significantly in June compared to the same month last year. As the statistics office Eurostat announced, 83,385 people submitted asylum applications in June, 25 percent more than in the same month of 2022.

As in previous months, people from Syria, Afghanistan, Venezuela and Colombia submitted the most applications.

75 percent of all applications for protection come from Germany, Spain, France and Italy. In relation to the population, most asylum applications are made in Cyprus and Austria.