German politicians want to return refugee boats to Africa
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"As security and refugee debates heat up in Germany ahead of federal elections in 2017, politicians in the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), are looking to propose a drastic shift in how Germany, and Europe, handle migrant arrivals, according to a new position paper set to be unveiled next week.
The CSU will hold a party convention next week and are set to call for tens of thousands of migrants intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea to be sent back to North Africa, according to an internal policy paper obtained by the "Rheinische Post" newspaper.
"The existing policy of automatically bringing all people saved on the migrant route in the Mediterranean to Europe must be broken," the CSU regional bloc's paper reportedly said."
See: Bavarian lawmakers aim to turn refugee boats back to Africa (Deutsche Welle, link)
At the same time, political deadlock continues over a proposal to declare Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria "safe third countries" to which asylum-seekers and refugees can be returned with no problems. See: Germany targets migrants from North Africa (Politico, link):
"As Germans try to come to terms with the bloodiest attack on their country in decades, their government is focusing on toughening the deportation laws.
Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives are eager to push through legislation, currently blocked by the opposition, that would declare Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria safe countries of origin, allowing authorities to easily reject asylum applications from nationals of those countries as clearly unfounded.
Armin Laschet, deputy party chief of Merkels Christian Democratic Union (CDU,) said in an email that his party wants to see an end to this parliamentary blockade in January."
And: Nearly 20,000 migrants turned away at Germany's borders, 55,000 more chose to leave (Deutsche Welle, link); Why 55,000 migrants left Germany voluntarily, more than were deported in 2016 (Christian Science Monitor, link)
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