Proposed German asylum agreement with Denmark sparks opposition criticism
Germany has submitted a draft agreement to Denmark that should make the bilateral handling of asylum seekers under the Dublin Regulation more flexible, reports Kristeligt Dagblad.
The Dublin Regulation is an EU-law defining member-statesâ obligations regarding evaluating asylum requests from refugees arriving in Europe.
A temporary fix
The proposal was preceded by a long-standing dispute between the German chancellor Angela Merkel and her interior minister, Horst Seehofer.
âA bilateral agreement between Denmark and Germany in order to achieve a more pragmatic and efficient implementation of the Dublin Regulation is our ultimate perspective,â said Annegret Korff, a spokesperson for the German ministry of internal affairs.
Korff went on to clarify that âItâs not about changing the asylum procedures. Itâs about making them more effective. New collective proceedings are already being discussed in Brussels at the moment; however, in the meantime, weâre hoping for a temporary solution with Denmark.â
According to Korff, the Danish authorities appeared âkeenâ on making a deal.
An unpopular measure
Yet the proposed agreement has attracted sharp criticism from Dansk Folkeparti and Socialdemokratiet.
âThere is no need for an agreement which will bring even more refugees and asylum seekers to Denmark,â commented Martin Henriksen, DFs spokesperson for immigration issues.
He was backed up by Mattias Tesfaye from Socialdemokratiet, who said: âOf course we acknowledge our duty to live up to our obligations under the Dublin Regulation, but we wonât make any further commitments unl ess we get something in return from the German side.â
For several months, both Henriksen and Tesfaye have been criticising the minister for immigration and integration, Inger StÃ¸jberg, for her partyâs approach to refugee policies.
In June, both she and PM Lars LÃ¸kke Rasmussen, indicated their agreement to assist Germany in coping with its influx of refugees, which has also led to major internal tensions within the German government.Source: Google News Denmark | Netizen 24 Denmark