He German government has approved a bill to facilitate the deportation of all illegals who live in the country to alleviate the strong migratory pressure to which city councils are subject. Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants “large-scale” expulsions to be able to better serve those who do need refuge and have only arrived from Ukraine since the beginning of the war. 1.5 million. The bill, if implemented, would affect about 30,000 people, so its impact is symbolic. Rather, it seems like a tourniquet to the bleeding of votes that the parties in the government coalition – Social Democrats, Liberals and Greens – suffered in the last regional elections. The only issue that explained the setback in Bavaria and Hesse of the tripartite and the impressive rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was migration.
“Out of sheer panic, the demands of the AfD are now adopted, of course,” was the first reaction of the leader of that parliamentary group, Alice Weidel. From the ideological antipodes, the leader of the Left Party, Janine Wissler, wrote in X. that “instead of joining the chorus of the right, the chancellor should guarantee more affordable housing, more money for municipalities and fewer restrictions on work. Criticism also came from the ranks of the coalition, with Green politician Jürgen Trittin writing in “.
The Repatriation Improvement Law, which is what the law will be called when it passes the parliamentary filter, could fit into the government coalition agreements signed two years ago, although then they only talked about convicted or potentially dangerous illegals. It could be said that the bill puts into practice the agreement reached in May between the states and Chancellor Olaf Scholz if what the “Länder” had asked for was to reduce migratory pressure expelling illegals and no more funding to address the social and economic burden of caring for millions of refugees and asylum seekers.
The objective of the bill goes in another direction: to reduce the number of deportations that fail in the short term and are four out of five. To this end, the maximum duration of the so-called “Ausreisegewahrsam” (police custody pending departure) will be extended from 10 to 28 days. The law will also grant more powers to the police to register collective accommodation without prior notice and the detainees will not be notified of the deportation so that they cannot escape or change their address. Additionally, the one-month notice requirement for deportations following a tolerance period of at least one year of “tolerance” should be deleted. Exceptions are made for families with children under 12 years of age.
The concept of “tolerance” is key because in it there are about 250.000 personas of the 279,098, which, as of June 30, were required to leave Germany for being in an irregular situation and that includes rejected asylum applications, expiration of work permits or students and tourists who decide to stay in the country. Reasons for being “tolerated” include illness, unjustifiable separation from family, security situation in the country of origin, lack of passport or direct air routes. Therefore there are about 30,000 left.