Invitation to our meeting in preparation of political action week
« You can’t evict a movement »
« No to the tightening of Asylum laws! »
After last autumn’s successful extension of the list of “safe countries of origin” in order to deny asylum seekers from the balkans, the german government is planning to further toughen laws for granting asylum in the spring of 2015.
In fact, it almost seems as if Germany’s lawmakers were directly responding to the racist demands of recent PEGIDA marches, seeing as the tightening of deportation rules is the focus of this new bill.
Faster, tougher, and more « consequent » – these concepts are to form the foundation of Germany’s future deportation practices regarding refugees whose asylum applications are deemed « clearly unfounded », or who entered Germany by means of a « safe third country ».
Moreover, people who are arbitrarily determined to be flight risks (Anm. d. Ü.: Flucht, nicht Flug) are to be incarcerated, while the list of possible clues regarding a probable risk of flight has been expanded so widely that basically any refugee entering Germany could be treated as guilty in this regard. Critics of this bill have repeatedly described the new rules regarding custody-pending-deportation as a vast « imprisonment program » waiting to happen.
On the other hand, as federal minister of the interior de Maiziere loves to emphasize, those refugees already living in Germany who are deemed to have « undertaken significant efforts to integrate into German society » even without legal resident status, are to enjoy a further strengthening of their « legal position ». Small comfort, seeing as it should be a matter of course that those living here in cramped homes for asylum seekers for a number of years (or even decades) should finally receive permanent residency status.
To in turn treat all those who did not happen to enter Germany by air or those who are commonly classified as mere « economic refugees » – as