30.1 C
Monday, July 22, 2024

Germany mulls sending migrants to third countries

Berlin is exploring options to outsource asylum processing beyond the EU, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said

The German government is considering plans to process asylum claims outside the EU, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has confirmed. The UK’s deal with Rwanda and Italy’s agreement with Albania are among the models that have already been reviewed as Berlin seeks to curb illegal immigration.  

Speaking to reporters in Berlin after meeting with the leaders of Germany’s federal states on Thursday, Scholz did not speculate on the outcome of the discussions, but said Berlin is “carefully” studying its options. There is a “firm agreement to continue the process,” he added.  

Earlier this week, Scholz admitted Germany “needs immigration of workers and skilled workers,” but added that it must also find a way to “manage irregular migration successfully.” The discussion surrounding the issue has intensified in Germany in recent months following a surge in migrants.   

Scholz pledged to take a tougher stance following several cases of violence involving immigrants this month.  

The chancellor said the government will examine expert reports in the coming months to determine whether it is possible to outsource asylum procedures to third countries.   

Italy’s agreement to outsource the processing of some asylum applications to Albania and a similar deal between the UK and Rwanda have reportedly already been reviewed. 

Read more

UK to deport asylum seekers to Africa next month – media

Scholz cautioned, however, that these schemes are not extensive enough to tackle Germany’s challenges and that “things won’t be as easy as we’ve seen in other countries.”   

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has also said the Italy-Albania scheme could not be used in Germany because a “maximum limit of 3,000 refugees has been agreed [by Albania],” describing it as “a very small number.”  

Faeser was also skeptical about the efficiency of the UK’s plan to send refugees to Rwanda for processing, noting that London is still facing difficulties in getting the plan off the ground.  

According to a Bloomberg report this week, Berlin is in talks with Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic, over a migration pact that could include the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers rejected from Germany to Kabul.   

Uzbek authorities are examining the proposal, but want any migration deal to include bilateral rules that would facilitate the legal migration of skilled workers from Uzbekistan to Germany, the outlet said, citing sources.

June 21, 2024 at 07:16PM

Most Popular Articles