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Tighter Refugee Rules in Germany ‘Weak’ Response to Migration Crisis

© AFP 2023 / PATRIK STOLLARZPolicemen look on as refugees from Syria demonstrate against violence near the Cologne main train station in Cologne, western Germany on January 16, 2016
Policemen look on as refugees from Syria demonstrate against violence near the Cologne main train station in Cologne, western Germany on January 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
Tightening refugee rules in Germany is not enough to solve the current migration crisis, as a comprehensive European approach is needed, Martin Eitzenberger, chairman of the German Pirate Party in Baden-Württemberg state, told Sputnik on Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko — On Thursday, the ruling coalition in Germany agreed on the so-called second migration package that envisages stricter rules concerning refugee treatment. Party leaders agreed to introduce a waiting period of two years for family reunions of those migrants who are not being personally and urgently persecuted. Moreover, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria were declared safe countries of origin.

"This weak compromise between the three ruling parties is not new and in discussion for many months now, so this decision is not so unexpected. Many of the most disputed issues, like a true European solution and the highly problematic proposal about limiting immigration, are still not resolved," Eitzenberger said.

The number of people coming to Germany from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia is "completely insignificant" in the current situation, according to the party representative.

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What could really solve the crisis is a common European approach where all states equally share their responsibility, he added.

"Second, we need to urgently help countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey to care for refugees and to not become another nightmare. The current approach of the German government, to use Turkey as some sort of bouncer to keep people out of Europe will fail and only worsen the entire situation," Eitzenberger said.

The mass sexual assaults in Cologne and across Germany on New Year’s Eve cast doubt on Berlin's migration policy that opened its doors to more than a million asylum seekers in 2015. According to a new poll commissioned by the German Focus magazine, 40 percent of German citizens call for Chancellor Angela Merkel's resignation due to her approach to resolving the migration crisis.

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