Horst Seehofer does not want to change the asylum practice for Syrians for the time being | TIME ONLINE

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Refugees from Syria do not have to fear for the time being that the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) rates their asylum applications differently than before. “We will not change the underlying principles of decision-making practice of the Bamf for the time being until new developments in the country of origin Syria,” said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) the newspapers of the spark media group. “We keep an eye on the situation in Syria and will react accordingly in the asylum policy.” Until then there is no reason to evaluate the asylum applications differently.

In mid-March, the Federal Office updated its internal guidelines and reassessed the security situation in Syria. As the Bamf the situation assesses is not publicly known. Refugee organizations feared that more asylum seekers could be turned down if they were to believe that armed conflict was no longer present in all regions of Syria. The Federal Ministry of the Interior, as the superior authority, must decide on the guiding principles.

Because this decision had to wait, the Bamf had recently postponed the asylum decisions for many Syrians. According to information of the spark newspapers there were discussions in the past weeks between the Federal Ministry for the Interior, the foreign office and Federal Chancellery to the guiding principles.

Syrians remain largest refugee group

The Federal Foreign Office had a new situation report in November 2018 Syria which should serve as one of several bases for decision-making in asylum procedures by domestic authorities and courts. It states that no part of Syria has “comprehensive, long-term and reliable protection for persecuted persons”. Due to the uncertain situation in the civil war, the Interior Ministers of the Länder agreed at the end of November, however, to extend the ban on deportation until the end of June.

Although in many regions of their home country is no longer fighting, still many people from Syria seek protection in Germany. According to statistics from the Bamf, 13,634 Syrians applied for asylum from January to April this year. They are still the largest group of those seeking protection in Germany.

. (tagsToTranslate) Politics (t) Asylum policy (t) Horst Seehofer (t) Bamf (t) Syria (t) CSU (t) Ministry of the Interior (t) Asylum policy

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