Germany's Interior Minister, Nancy Faeser, has recently outlined a new legislation aimed at accelerating the deportation process of failed asylum seekers. In her defense of the strict policy during the first reading of the draft law in the Bundestag, she argued that quick and reliable deportations serve as a cornerstone for societal acceptance of migration. The legislation is designed to maintain Germany's status as a sanctuary for those in dire need of protection, by establishing clear rules and laws.
Legislation Details and Objectives
The legislation proposes over 40 measures intended to simplify and expedite the execution of deportations. Key provisions include extending detention periods for individuals obligated to leave and granting more search rights to law enforcement agencies. This initiative comes in response to the rising number of asylum seekers and limited accommodation facilities for refugees.
Reformation of Immigration Laws
Besides dealing with deportations, the legislation also hopes to modernize immigration laws to attract more foreign skilled workers to Germany. Faeser is optimistic that offering full societal integration and democratic rights will give Germany a competitive edge. The suggested reforms include reducing the naturalization period and allowing dual citizenships.
Opposition and Criticisms
The proposed legislation, however, has faced criticism from opposition parties. Union party member and Hessian Prime Minister Boris Rhein, for instance, has advised delaying the reform. He cites high irregular migration and potential new migration incentives as reasons for his concerns. Rhein also suggested incorporating a clear commitment to Israel before naturalization. Additionally, the draft law emphasizes commitment to democratic principles and declares actions with antisemitic, racist, xenophobic, or other inhumane motives as incompatible with the Constitution.
Eligibility Criteria for Citizenship
According to the new law, only those who can financially support themselves and their dependents would be eligible for German citizenship. This move aims to ensure that only individuals capable of contributing to the economy are granted citizenship, thereby enhancing the country's economic strength.