Bill to include Morocco to “safe” countries list fails
Angela Merkel bill intended to include Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia to the list of so-called “safe” countries, failed to get a majority vote. The Greens have united against this project.
The Bundesrat (upper house of the German parliament) removed from its agenda at its plenary season debate on the government’s plan for classifying Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia as “safe countries of origin,”. A project that will allow Germany, following an expedited hearing process to repatriate or deport asylum seekers from these countries. The bill would have a direct impact on the prospects of thousands of migrants, and will now be adjourned for three weeks until the meeting on 8 July, before the summer break of the Bundesrat.
Opposition to the bill came from Green Party members. As members of the government coalition in ten of the sixteen states of Germany, the Greens dominate the Bundesrat. They are concerned about the fate of migrants who would be sent to the North African country. If passed, the proposed legislation would make it easier to deport migrants from Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.
An AFP report on the issue states that classifying a country as “safe” speeds up the review process of the asylum application and allows the authorities to impose a place of residence during this procedure in order to more easily conduct an expulsion. AFP said that last year, some 26,000 people from North Africa arrived in Germany and only a handful had their asylum application accepted.
The party of German Chancellor CDU promises to soon find a new majority to accept the project. German opinion, concerned about the considerable increase in migratory flows, turned against Angela Merkel.