In response to a request made by AfD
member, Lars Herrmann, the Federal Government released data on the number of
illegals protected from deportation. Of
the 241,932 persons who should have left the country by March’s end, 185,732
Majority of the tolerated asylum
seekers came from Afghanistan (15,747), Iraq (13,987) and Nigeria (8,046). In
September 2018, 176,733 people were tolerated in the Federal Republic, by the
end of 2017 there were 166,068.
“The subsequent legalization of
hundreds of thousands of unauthorized migration is in full swing – the keywords
are training toleration and employment toleration,” Herrmann complained.
Following a fierce debate in
parliament, German lawmakers passed new migration law which includes
“Geordnete-Rückkehr-Gesetz” or the Orderly Repatriation Law.
The new law aims to significantly
increase the number of successful deportations.
It is expected to improve the chances of asylum seekers to join the
labor market for skilled migrants. The
policy package earned opposing views among parliament members.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer from
the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party of Merkel’s Christian
Democrats (CDU), insisted that the legislation was necessary to ensure failed
asylum seekers would be deported.
“This is a turning point in our
migration policy,” Seehofer said in the Bundestag, adding that in his eyes
“this migration package creates a set of rules that respects humanity and
order.” He also stressed the importance of granting foreign skilled
workers better access to Germany’s labor market.
Ulla Jelpke, a member of Die Linke,
labeled the new legislation a “catalog of atrocities” and said it
amounts to “currying favor with racists.”
Jörg Schindler, Die
Linke’s secretary-general, called the policy package
The Greens’ Filiz Polat spoke of a
“dark day for democracy” while the far-right Alternative for
Germany’s Gottfried Curio said that if so many deportations failed, “maybe
we should protect the borders.”