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Germany opposes EU plan to soften asylum regulations

The Local · 13 Jul 2011, 09:03

Published: 13 Jul 2011 09:03 GMT+02:00

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Günter Krings, deputy leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union’s parliamentary group, told the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that the plan from Brussels, which would make it easier for asylum-seekers to arrive and stay in Europe, would be resisted by Germany.

“If the EU plans were implemented, a situation could arise like in the 1990s with up to 400,000 asylum seekers in a year,” Krings said.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, wants to change the so-called “airport proceedings” to make it more legally complicated to turn asylum-seekers away after they arrive by plane. It also wants to provide social support payments to asylum-seekers based on the same rates as support for legal residents and allow them to enter the job market more quickly.

But the proposed changes went too far, Krings said. He said the planned European asylum system would “tear up important cornerstones of the asylum compromises of 1993 painstaking achieved in Germany.”

Airport proceedings needed to be maintained, as did the principle that the EU state in which an asylum-seeker first arrived was responsible for dealing with them.

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09:32 July 13, 2011 by adipk
OKAAAYYYYYY. Gentlemen start your engines and send a lot of posts. Come on its Foreigners related topic. HEHEHEHEHEEH
10:15 July 13, 2011 by Lachner
Germany does not need to relax its regulations towards asylum seeking foreigners, it needs to do it for work seeking professional foreigners!
10:23 July 13, 2011 by Asgarli

Can't agree more...
13:09 July 13, 2011 by Englishted
Just invite them to the C.D.U.'s facebook party and they would leave straight away.
13:45 July 13, 2011 by freechoice
one could drive hours without seeing civilization in this country. there are plenty of rooms available. don't be selfish!
14:17 July 13, 2011 by lunchbreak
Looks like Denmark knew something after all. Après moi, le déluge.
14:47 July 13, 2011 by Traveler33
Comment: Germany has a negative population growth because Germans feel it is too expensive to have children or when they do, they only have one child. A country needs to have 3 children per family if it wants to have population growth. Seeing that Germany frowns on large families they need to rely on new immagrants to continue growing as a country. The only issue I see with this massive influx of immagrints into Germany is the vast majority of them are coming from North Africa and the Middle East so the visual face of the next generation of Germans will be more Middle Eastern looking. How that will change the politics of Germany is anyones guess, but just like the demographics in America are changing, so they will change in Germany as well.
15:48 July 13, 2011 by lunchbreak
How it will change the politics is anyone's guess? Really? I hope you are ready for Sharia law because it is certainly ready for you.
16:18 July 13, 2011 by mypapawasss
At last, sanity prevails. The vast majority of Germans reject mass immigration into our county.

@Free choice. If you are feeling so generous, why don´t you make a few rooms in your home available? It´s not a case of selfishness. We just don´t want our country to become like the ones these people are fleeing. It´s called maintaining standards.
16:45 July 13, 2011 by parografik
I'm more interested in why that kid in the photo is looking so accusingly at the camera.
18:38 July 13, 2011 by truelytrue
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19:18 July 13, 2011 by Gretl
@freechoice - Surely you jest!

The state of Montana is slighty larger than Germany and has less than 1 million people. Now that's a place where you can drive for hours without ever seeing anyone! And it has beautiful scenery.
19:43 July 13, 2011 by Blefuscu
You only needed a swelling population if you are into playing big power games on the world stage.

A population of 40 million would be just about right for Germany.

A lower carbon footprint and lots of cheap, affordable housing and countryside.

Don't get freaked by the 'Pflege' scare.

only 10% ever need it. The rest die in hospital without long invalidity.
22:34 July 13, 2011 by german-guardian
What this article fails to include is the faces of many German children who are hungry in their own homeland because of the lack of resources that causes their father to lose their job. The many German children who could go to street because their father's farm just had bankruptcy because of lack of resources and the high competition. Having a high asylum regulation is mandatory for Germany because it wants to help its own people live at a good standart. It want to make sure there is enough oppurtunity for every German to find a job and a house. There are a lot of country like the USA who recieve immigrants more, and those immigrants can go to America.
00:58 July 14, 2011 by lunchbreak
And there are those of us who think that the US has already done its fair share of admitting immigrants and should start thinking about the 22 million americans who are unemployed and whose prospects are limited by immigrants who take jobs at subsistence wage levels.
05:49 July 14, 2011 by german-guardian
@ lunchbreak

USA is a perfect country for all immigrants. With America having about 300 year history which is founded by immigrant after immigrants coming. America should welcome all immigrants. Even the land size of USA is like a continent.

Germany, France, England are much smaller than the huge land size that America has. So more immigrants should come to USA to give from their rich culture and make American culture better.
13:06 July 14, 2011 by lunchbreak
@ german-guardian

As I said the US has 22 million unemployed so we have no further need for immigrants. The US culture is indeed rich but the regard for american citizens who have no work argues against enriching the culture further through immigration at this time. In addition there are other issues with further immigration that include security concerns and resource allocation. For more information I suggest you visit the website NumbersUSA.com.
19:56 July 14, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
@German-Guardian: I understand your emotional reaction to wanting German citizens to receive priority in their own country. However, I think you're taking it a bit too far. You're focusing on a "what if" scenario that is mostly conjecture of a worst case scenior. Who wouldn't agree with you when you mwention a poor German child whose father just got laid off and is going hungry? But Germany has a very effective social welfare support system, so I don't think anyone is Germany is going hungry. I believe that Germany should maintain tight control over the immigration issue, if for nothing else than to serve their citizens' interests. There are a myriad of problems that could come along with a mass exodus of unskilled labourers from North Africa and Eastern Europe. Yet, Germany is a developed country with a responsibility to uphold freedoms for people who want to live there. It's a tricky situation to balance, certainly one that none of us here have the answer for.
02:51 July 15, 2011 by rwk
How about making it easier for Americans to move to Germany...many are skilled, hard work, are willing to learn the language, and often have German background.
03:48 July 15, 2011 by german-guardian
@ rwk

No, Americans have so much resources in their own country. And also most have English and Irish background who have been mixed over generation. Even, if one America talks about German acncestry, he has probably been mixed so much with other nationalities, that he usually calls himself white. Even though the word white is the most vague word. Again America is a great country for emigrants becuase it is founded by emigrants, and it has so much land and resources. Just compare the German land size to America. America is like a continent. For every 1 emigrant that goes to Germany, America should recieve 200, because it has not only a huge land, but a lot of resources. So all emigrants should go to USA. Not Europe
03:02 July 16, 2011 by lunchbreak
@ german-guardian

I prefer that all immigrants come to live in your town.
11:45 July 19, 2011 by Domdeone
Well the Japanese leader hit the nail on the head.. on the radio this morn; "because of an ageing population they need an influx of migrant workers. Reluctantly though. With multiculturism comes an immediate economic boost but you pay much more to integrate foreign nationals. you lose identity, familarization & unity & spend more time, money & effort to accomodate".

In Britain the Labour party did the same( an extra 2 million migrants within 20 years) We are an island, not a continent to accomodate many nations of peoples. It is so fractured here now, no wonder it is called `Broken Britain`. Labour admit now they `got it wrong` Still they loved it, the british taxpayer paid for priority housing, healthcare etc etc. Birmigham council just announced `it is not giving housing priority to foreign nationals any more` above anyone else.. so infuriating liberal/leftwing sentimentality.

Dont make the same mistakes as UK, Sweden,Holland, Denmark, France..
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