German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed the situation of refugees in the country, irregular migration and financial support to the states with the prime ministers of the states.
In the resolution text shared after the meeting, it was pointed out that the number of refugees in Germany increased significantly in 2022, and that the number of people coming to Germany from third countries was high in the first months of 2023.
In the text, it was noted that it will continue to assume humanitarian responsibilities for refugees, but additional measures are needed for this.
It was agreed that issues such as stronger management of immigration by fulfilling legal and humanitarian obligations, recording the number and status of people arriving in the country as quickly as possible, digitizing processes, repatriation of those who cannot stay in Germany, especially criminals, will be prioritized. In the text, which is stated to have been reached, it was shared that an additional 1 billion euros will be given to the states in 2023.
In the text, it was lost that the decision would be taken at the meeting to be held in November on the granting of permanent financial support for relieving the burden of the states on refugees.
In the text, where it was stated that it was agreed that the asylum procedures should be accelerated for the citizens of countries with a perspective of EU accession, Georgia and Moldova were asked to be classified as safe countries.
It is stated in the text that those who do not have the right to stay in Germany and who have to leave the country pose great difficulties, and it is stated that deportation practices will be carried out decisively, and the deportation detention period is planned to be increased from 10 days to 28 days.
In the text, it was emphasized that the powers of the federal police will be increased in the fight against irregular migration, and the information exchange between the judicial authorities and the foreigners’ offices will be improved.
In the text published by Prime Minister Scholz and the state prime ministers, in the ongoing negotiations on the renewal of the European Union (EU) common asylum system, Germany was requested to favor the asylum process in the country on the EU’s outer border for those who are unlikely to be granted international protection.
In the text, which asked to strengthen Frontex to reduce irregular migration, support was called for EU countries affected by irregular migration at the EU external border.
It was stated in the text that it will support the states and local governments in the housing of refugees, and that the properties belonging to the federal government will be allocated without rent, it was also noted that the regulation will be changed to facilitate the construction of shelters.
After the meeting, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a joint press conference with the Chancellor of the State of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil and the Chancellor of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Hendrik Wüst.
Scholz, stating that Germany is against it with great difficulties, said that he is satisfied with the decisions taken at the meeting.
Stating that the negotiations on providing permanent financial support to the states for refugees will be worth every effort, Scholz said, “However, it is not easy to solve this task, because a lot has happened in recent years.” said.
Wüst, the Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, argued that the money to be given by the federal government for refugees is not enough, and noted that the decision to give 1 billion euros is beneficial, but it is insufficient for local governments as it will be given at once.
There was a discussion between the government and local governments about the money allocated for the shelter and care of refugees, and local governments wanted to discuss the issue with Prime Minister Scholz.
The German government had previously allocated 2.75 billion euros to the states for the shelter and care of refugees. Local governments, on the other hand, argued that the money in question would not be enough due to the increasing number of refugees.