Reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed a proposal from coalition partner and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer to limit the number of asylum seekers in Germany to 200,000 per year to secure a rul;ing coalition may be somewhat premature. Other coalition partners are not as positive on the policy.
Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and their traditional partners, the Bavarian CSU, faced a split over Merke'l "open doors" immigration policy, the CSU having argued for the migrant limit due to outbreaks of lawlessness in immigrant communities in mant Bravarian towns and cities. The new agreement, negotiated over a day of hard bargaining, gets rid of Merkel's committment to accept all comers and agrees to the 200,000 asylum seeker number proposed by the CSU, according to are report in Die Welt. This is a major humiliation for the Hausfrau - Volksfuhrer
The official text of the agreement states: "We want to achieve the total number for humanitarian reasons (refugees and asylum seekers, subsidiary protection, family reunion, relocation and resettlement, minus repatriations, and voluntary expulsions of future refugees) a number not exceeding 200,000 people per year."
The agreement states that Germany will work with existing structures, including agreements with the European Union (EU) to maintain the goal of 200,000 per year. What is not stated in the agreement is what will happen if the limit is met and there are still more migrants who wish to enter the country.
"If the aforementioned goal is not met by international or national developments, the Federal Government and the Bundestag will make appropriate adjustments to the target down or above," the text reads, meaning that the number could be increased above 200,000. The CSU maintain this is not acceptable.
The asylum seeker limit could also have implications for the proposed “Jamaica coalition” between the CDU/CSU, the libertarian Free Democrats and the ultra - left Green party.
Green party co-leader Simone Peter said that the agreement could see asylum seekers pitted against each other. "This has nothing to do with human rights-based asylum policies," she said. Peter also claimed that the Greens would not support the classification of more overseas states as safe, meaning less chance for migrants to be deported to countries like Afghanistan or North African nations.
The month before the German national election, CSU leader Horst Seehofer said that mass deportations of illegal migrants had become "almost impossible".
Despite there being an estimated 250,000 migrant living illegaly in Germany he said: "The question of deportation is a great illusion in Germany. It is almost impossible to send back the migrants once they are in the country."
Looks like someone might have to eat humble pie and negotiate with the anti - EU, anti - immigration AfD before Germany can have a stable government.
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