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The road to the disputable Law for asylum seekers is free. On the decisive meeting in the Bundesrat the Green Party voted on Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to be declared safe countries of origin.
Around thirty human rights activists, who are against the tightening of the asylum law, occupied the Green Party’s headquarters in Berlin before the voting in the Bundesrat. By doing this, they increased the pressure in their own ranks: the call for “asylum without compromise” was quickly supported by over 1800 members of the Green Party. Among them were members of the Bundestag, the provincial and European Parliament, as well as the former leader of the Green Party – Claudia Roth.
The organisations “Amnesty International” and “Pro Asyl” appealed the Greens for “No lazy compromises in asylum law”. They wanted to prevent the politicians from the Green Party’s ranks, who govern in seven German states, to vote for the planned changes in the Law on asylum, proposed by the federal government which is consisted of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats, and in return the asylum seekers will be allowed to have bigger social rights and facilitated access to the labour market.
The main problem of the dispute were the planned changes, according to which the asylum seekers from the Balkan countries from Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the procedure for seeking asylum, should be considered as originating from the so-called safe countries, such as the EU member states.
“Genuine” and “fake” asylum seekers
The number of requests from these Balkan countries has risen significantly, argues the German association of cities, “at a federal level, the capacities of the provinces and cities for genuine asylum seekers who really need help are much lower.”
Are there “genuine” asylum seekers from the countries which are currently at war, such as Syria and Iraq, and “fake” asylum seekers from the Balkans? There is no expulsion there, said the Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere who told the Greens that their resistance harms the municipalities. The president of the Green Party, Katrin Göring, said in an interview for a German newspaper that the Minister’s statement is cynical, citing the fact that the German cities and municipalities blame the asylum seekers from the Western Balkans. The inhabitation of the Western Balkan countries in Germany cannot be prevented. In the first few months of 2014, there were a total of 19,000 asylum applications from three Western Balkan countries, out of which 55 were approved.
Bernd Mesovic from the organisation for protection of fugitives “Pro Asyl” said in an interview for DW: “The rate of guarantee for protection of people from the Western Balkan has declined ever since the former Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich declared that there is no political persecution there”. Belgium and Switzerland resolve this problem differently. In the first half of 2013, more than 10% of the asylum seekers in these countries received protection; this number in Germany is 0. “Pro Asyl” mainly rejects the regulation that declares these three Balkan countries to be so-called safe countries.
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