Criticism of Seehofer’s deportation scheme


Federal interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the CSU wants failed asylum-seekers, if necessary, also in conventional prisons. Because there are some fierce criticism, but also consent.

Rejected asylum seekers, climbing in the framework of a collective expulsion in a plane (file photo)

It has become in German politics fashion, to provide new legislation with bold titles. So there is already the “Good-Kita-law”, and now the Confederation has submitted to the interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), the “Orderly return” law, and the Federal Cabinet agreed with him. Content: The regulations for the deportation of people who have no prospect of asylum in Germany, will be tightened.

Asylum-seekers in prisons?

At midday on Wednesday, Seehofer, sitting in his Ministry in front of the journalists and reported on the Details of the new scheme. It is the power of the CSU go,-politicians, a few refugees, but made of the special problems. Specifically: To rejected asylum seekers who do not give their identity, are not cooperative are to escape the deportation. And will be necessary even in traditional prisons housed until you have to leave the country. The had caused in the last few days in Germany great excitement.

The Problem of the Disappearance

Around 180,000 refugees have come in the last year, according to Germany, much less than in 2015 and 2016, as the country recorded over one Million asylum-seekers. Seehofer was reported initially of his travels through the country, from discussions with authorities, refugees, police officers, volunteers: “I always hear: We now have things largely under control, but we have the Problem of diving.” Is meant the immersion, when a deportation is imminent. 25,000 people had been deported in the last year, according to Seehofer, but in a total of 31,000 cases, these deportations had been cancelled: The person Concerned was not found.

And therefore, If an asylum application is rejected, the person Concerned, the identity of veiled, not cooperative, then to be fined, at the end could also be a detention. Here, too, Seehofer contributed by a personal experience: “In all cases, with which I have dealt with personally, had of the Question several identities.”

Seehofer wants to double the immigration courts

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer

Actually, conventional detention and deportation in Germany are strictly separated. It does not want to give the impression that refugees with criminal offenders. Seehofer, however, holds Only approximately 500 detention places in the whole of Germany, this number he wanted to double now to 1000, and could also be in the existing prisons. “500 places in all 16 Federal States, mind you, there are so far,” adds Seehofer, and it is not clear that he considers this to be sufficient.

Criticism and approval

But that’s why refugees in addition to convicted criminals? This caused a violent counter-reactions, especially among the Ministers of Justice in almost all Federal States, even among those belonging to the conservative CDU. Keep the regime for simply not compatible with the Constitution. And criticism also comes from the refugee organisations. “Insecurity, deprivation of rights, imprisonment”, reads the Headline of a press release of the “Pro asylum”. It reads: “such A blatant shift to the detriment of the person Concerned, to not even get a lawyer, or a lawyer, is in line with the principle that any detention should only be as a last resort applied. Thus, the FDP sees this. The Vice-Chairman Stephan Thomae told the “Augsburger Allgemeine”: “The accommodation of immigration detainees in regular prisons would be an unlawful interruption to the System.”

Consent, however, comes from the cities and municipalities. The chief Executive of the cities and municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, said the “New osnabrück newspaper”, the law was a good Instrument, in order to meet the excessive demands of the municipalities. Many of the refugees would not be persecuted in the countries of origin, but are coming for economic reasons: “in Spite of clear legal rules but it is possible less, for these people to return to their countries of origin.”

Hardly noted: The SPD is part of the new asylum package

Almost in the Background of the device in all of the dispute, that the asylum package, which was now decided, also has a second page. The Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil, the SPD has submitted the draft of a law, spoke with the refugees of the access courses and measures for the vocational promotion.

Deportation of an asylum seeker to Afghanistan in Frankfurt am Main in February this year

This proposal was, in turn, the consent of the Commissioner for integration of the Federal government, Annette Widmann-Mauz, member of the CDU. On Wednesday, they said in Germany radio, the new law is “important because we contribute so that people can get access to work, to language and to our values, and promoted the good life.”

Probably Changes in the Bundestag

But the headlines determined Seehofer. Actually, the European court of justice has ruled five years ago: deportation, detainees must be segregated from regular prisoners housed. But in many European countries is lacking as to deportation places. And therefore, the law provides that individual countries may differ for three years of Separation. And that is exactly what Germany now. Anyway, if it goes according to Seehofer. But even from the CDU, it says, about many of the Details of the law still needed to be spoken before it can be decided in the Bundestag.