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German parties agree on refugee family reunions
January 31, 2018
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BERLIN: Germany’s two biggest parties agreed on Tuesday to allow refugee family reunions to bring up to 1,000 people a month to the country, removing a key hurdle in their talks to form a government.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have sought to limit arrivals after a mass influx, while the Social Democrats (SPD) argue that asylum seekers must be allowed to bring their relatives on humanitarian grounds and to aid their social integration.

The refugee aid group Pro Asyl slammed as “absolutely insufficient” the compromise hammered out in the ongoing coalition talks and labelled it a victory for the “hardliners” in Merkel’s Bavarian sister party the CSU.

In their talks aimed at continuing their right-left “grand coalition” after inconclusive elections last September, the parties have also agreed in principle to limit total new migrant and refugee arrivals at around 200,000 a year.

The new policy on family reunions applies to migrants with temporary or “subsidiary” protection who have not been formally granted asylum but are temporarily spared deportation.

After a mass influx of over one million asylum seekers to Germany since 2015, those types of family reunions have been stopped, except for so-called “hardship cases”.

Under the new agreement, to be passed as a law on Thursday, the suspension will be extended until July 31, after which up to 1,000 relatives a month will be allowed to come to Germany.

Agence France-Presse
 

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