German parliament passes new asylum regulations

A new set of regulations pertaining to asylum in Germany has recently been passed by the parliament.

The legislation is intended to speed up asylum procedures, making it easier to deport migrants whose claim to asylum has not been recognized by the German state.

It also foresees the setting up of special reception centers across the country in which asylum applications by certain groups of asylum-seekers will be processed within three weeks. Those affected include people from so-called “safe countries of origin” or asylum-seekers who have refused to help authorities process their applications.

Asylum-seekers who have only limited protection under German law because they are not considered to be “personally persecuted” will now have to wait two years before they can have family members join them in Germany. This will also affect minors wanting to be reunited with their parents.

This measure met with the most severe criticism from opposition parties during the debate on the package.

In the last two years, Germany has taken in more than two million asylum-seekers, and many more are expected to come over the next few years. The government has started deporting people whose claim to asylum has not been acknowledged.