Stricter rules on family reunification proposed in Germany
Horst Seehofer, Germany’s Interior Minister, wants to tighten family reunification rules, making it harder for migrant family members outside Germany to join refugees in the country who have received asylum status.
According to documents leaked to the media, the draft law states that the only relatives automatically allowed into Germany would be refugees’ spouses, unmarried minor children and the parents of minors already in the country.
“Other family members, including siblings, will not fall under purview of this new set of regulations,” the draft law says, according to Deutsche Welle.
Family reunification could also be denied for those who are “dependent on social welfare payments.” Many refugees in Germany receive assistance of some form, so this could be an extremely restrictive measure for many.
In a government press conference, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry declined to go into detail about the draft law, saying he couldn’t comment on legislation still being debated by government ministries.
The draft law still has to be approved by other concerned ministries, as well as Chancellor Angela’s Merkel’s cabinet, before it can be put to Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag.
Horst Seehofer and his party CSU have been pushing for a stricter line on migrants.
Shortly before assuming the role of Interior Minister a month ago, Seehofer vowed to take a tough line against convicted criminal migrants and speed up repatriations of rejected asylum seekers.
TMP – 24/04/2018
Caption: Horst Seehofer, German Interior Minister, wants to restrict family reunifications