Rising refugee numbers: Politicians struggle to find answers to current migration situation

Politicians are currently dealing once again with rising refugee numbers and the search for answers.

Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck and also CDU politicians Friedrich Merz and Carsten Linnemann are showing a willingness to compromise on reforms in migration policy. All “democratic parties” are obliged to “help find solutions,” Green Party politician Habeck told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

Overload noticeable

Mayors and district councils tell Habeck of being overworked and overwhelmed. “They say that in many places they no longer know how to solve the problems.” There is a certain “drama,” the Green politician continued. He also said it was necessary to prevent “right-wing populism from exploiting this issue.”

CDU Secretary General Linnemann emphasizes that a cross-party consensus is needed on asylum policy. “If we want to master this challenge, the parties in the German Bundestag must be prepared to close ranks across party lines,” Linnemann continued.

Merz for consistent deportation

Friedrich Merz, on the other hand, is in favor of a tougher approach to deportations – and highlights Denmark as a model. “The Danes are very consistent in this respect; they only provide benefits in kind, the people concerned are only sent to collective accommodation and are then also consistently deported.

Image: Sven Mandel, Robert Habeck – 2018286120500 2018-10-13 Book Fair – 1D X MK II – 0487 – B70I4303, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

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