Olaf Scholz will host a refugee summit at the Federal Chancellery on Wednesday. © Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa
Olaf Scholz joins the refugee summit of the federal and state governments. He demands more deportations. News ticker ahead of the summit on Wednesday (10 May).
- Refugee summit in the Chancellery: Olaf Scholz calls for more deportations
- Federal and state governments argue about money: Focus on financing refugee aid
Berlin – Shortly before the refugee summit on Wednesday, the Chancellery is apparently intervening in the debate and demanding significantly more deportations. A draft resolution quoted by the Bild newspaper states: "The federal and state governments will increase the number of repatriations of persons obliged to leave the country." Detention pending deportation is to become more effective; Detention will be extended from ten to 28 days, according to the plan.
"The violation of entry and residence bans will be regulated as an independent reason for detention," the report said. Before deportations, the authorities should also be allowed to enter private rooms, and in many cases legal action should no longer have a suspensive effect.
Refugee Summit: Benefits in kind for refugees instead of money?
So far, the debate before the federal-state summit has focused on financial issues. In addition to the SPD-led Chancellery, the FDP is also pushing for a change of course. The meeting must initiate a "turning point in migration policy," said FDP Secretary General Bijan Djir-Sarai. "Money does not solve a single problem in this situation," he said. "What we need are political solutions."
The FDP is also in favour of providing asylum seekers with more benefits in kind instead of money. The fact that so many migrants wanted to come to Germany "also has to do with the German welfare state," said the FDP general secretary.
Refugee summit: Ricarda Lang takes the side of the federal states
Meanwhile, Green Party leader Ricarda Lang has joined the demand of the federal states, which are united on this issue, for more money from the federal government. One of the "real problems" on the ground is "above all the lack of money," she said on ARD.
Refugee summit with Chancellor Scholz: What are the federal and state governments arguing about?
At the federal-state summit with Chancellor Scholz on Wednesday (10 May), refugees are to be discussed. The costs of accommodating and caring for those seeking protection are a major point of contention between the federal and state governments.
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The fact that the federal government is providing insufficient financial support to the states is evident from a paper by the state finance ministers, which, according to information from the German Press Agency, was voted on by consensus on Sunday evening. In it, the states complain about cuts in cost assumptions by the federal government and, as a result, completely inadequate funding, although the burdens are increasing.
However, according to a draft resolution of the traffic light coalition, the federal government is not planning to increase aid for refugees. Billions are already being made available to the countries, it says.