Germany passes tougher laws on asylum and deportation

TMP – 07/06/2017

The German parliament has passed legislation to tighten the country’s asylum laws, making it easier to deport failed asylum seekers and monitor those deemed dangerous to public security.

The parliament said the new laws would guarantee “the improved enforcement of deportation rulings.” Rejected asylum seekers deemed to be a security threat will be deported faster, can be detained for longer and can be monitored with an electronic ankle bracelet.

The new laws would also allow German authorities to issue deportation orders to rejected migrants, even if the country of origin fails to provide the necessary documentation or passport papers. This measure follows last year’s Christmas market attack in Berlin where Anis Amir, the attacker, saw his deportation order waived as the Tunisian government could not provide the necessary papers.

One of the laws passed allows Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees to access asylum seekers’ personal electronic devices to verify the identities of those without official identification papers.

Asylum seekers who have falsified their identity or those whose claim to asylum has been rejected and therefore have no right to stay in Germany any longer will also see their freedom of movement strictly limited.

In addition, asylum seekers considered to have fewer chances of having their claim for asylum accepted will remain in reception centers until their asylum procedures have been completed.

German Interior Minister De Maiziere expressed her support for the new legislation. “Our position is clear. Help and integration for those who need our protection; hardship and repatriation for those who don’t require protection, and in particular for those whose dishonesty makes them culpable.”

De Maiziere added that it was unacceptable that certain “asylum seekers are allowed to go unpunished despite having registered under a host of different names and nationalities.”