Mixed echo after Seehofer visits to Turkey and Greece


SPD domestic politician Helge Lindh told the German press agency that he welcomes Seehofer's attempt to save the EU-Turkey deal and help Greece to cope with the many asylum examinations. Lindh stressed that it was not about accepting any migrants in Europe, "repatriations from Greece must also take place". Germany itself had to deal faster with applications from families in Turkey and Greece for family reunification in Germany.

"It is good that Seehofer has finally understood that it needs a European solution, and that the Dublin process does not work," said the refugee spokeswoman for the Bundestag faction, Luise Amtsberg the dpa. At the same time, she warned against supporting Turkey with border patrol.

This would be wrong, especially because of the recent sharp rise in the number of Turkish refugees. "If we help Turkey to care for and integrate Syrian refugees, that's right. But we must not contribute to the fact that persecuted Turks can no longer leave their country, "Amtsberg said. In August, 1,306 Turkish citizens applied for asylum in Germany. Thus, they were the second largest group after the Syrians (2,927).

Seehofer had said during his visit to Ankara on Thursday, the Turkish government will put together a list of points where Germany could help. It is conceivable, for example, support in border surveillance.

The "world" quoted from a report by the EU Commission, according to which Greece expects the arrival of about 25,000 other migrants by the end of the year. In the first nine months of this year, there were about 45,600 migrants arrived there according to UN data. More than 35,800 of them came across the sea.

There is no compromise for maritime rescue

In September, the German government agreed with France, Italy and Malta on a distribution mechanism for boat people leaving Libya and Tunisia. At the interior ministers' council on Tuesday, other EU states are to be moved to participate. The transitional solution provides for migrants rescued from distress to be distributed within four weeks to the EU states participating in the mechanism.

It is foreseen that the agreement can be suspended immediately in the event of a sharp increase in the number of tug boats. Seehofer had promised the reception of one quarter of the rescued in Germany,

"The C in our name commands rescue people from distress. There are no compromises ", Brinkhaus told the newspapers of Funke Mediengruppe (Saturday), The other is the question, which signal you send, if you want to take a flat rate 25 percent of the rescued refugees. Tug organizations should not be encouraged.

He emphasized: "This was an initiative of the Minister of the Interior, not the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. We will therefore look very closely at Horst Seehofer's plans. "Linda Teuteberg, FDP General Secretary, said the distribution mechanism was providing false incentives. She demanded: "If it comes to a decision, Ralph Brinkhaus must whistle back the Minister of the Interior."

Seehofer defended his plan. He said to Welt am Sonntag: "For almost one and a half years, we have been taking in refugees from every boat that lands in front of Italy or Malta. In the last 15 months we have taken on 225 people. This is no secret and there have been no debates so far. "

Pro Asyl criticizes pledges as insufficient

The Minister of the Interior is also working on plans for a new system for the distribution of asylum seekers in Europe. The background to this is that the Dublin rules, which require everyone to apply in principle in the EU country where it was first registered, are often difficult to enforce. An alternative model would be a distribution mechanism with fixed quotas for each EU country, as now foreseen in the Malta agreement.

Since some countries – especially in Eastern Europe – have so far blocked a quota solution, it is being considered which other contribution these states could make – or whether they should be sanctioned, for example by being excluded from certain support projects.

Pro asylum called the commitments of Germany to Greece and Turkey "nebulous and inadequate". Managing Director Günter Burkhardt called on Seehofer to extend the planned distribution key for the central Mediterranean route to those seeking protection in Greece and Cyprus. The three-month deadline for applying for family reunification must be extended because it is too short for relatives "in a Greek camp in the quagmire".

More: Minister of the Interior Seehofer advances in the refugee dispute from the agitator to the crisis maker, comments Handelsblatt editor Moritz Koch.

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