Seehofer presents his restrictive migration masterplan

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer presented on Tuesday his “Migration Masterplan”, insisting on a tougher border and migration-control policy, one at odds with the open-doors policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel, news wires reported.

The main goals of the 63-point “migration master plan” include the quick deportation of people living in Germany whose asylum applications have been rejected, who already registered for asylum in another European country or who have a criminal record, Seehofer told reporters in Berlin. The new plan envisions placing all asylum-seekers in big centres to have their applications processed there. Asylum-seekers currently are mostly distributed to small asylum homes across the country, though some states have already introduced centres where hundreds of applicants need to stay for months while awaiting decisions.

Seehofer and Merkel already clashed on the proposal asylum applicants who previously registered in another EU country to be taken directly back to where they first entered the EU, primarily Greece and Italy. Merkel insisted that Germany shouldn’t act unilaterally by sending back asylum seekers to other European countries that would then have to bear the biggest burden of the influx. The controversy ended last week with a compromise in which Germany will have to make agreements with affected countries before sending back asylum seekers there.

Unveiling the package to the media, Seehofer said with satisfaction on Tuesday that 69 Afghans had been deported on his 69th birthday. By staking out a hard line, he is trying to bolster his Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) in October’s regional elections, where it faces a stiff challenge from the far right, observers noted.

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