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More than election campaign manoeuvres? Faeser wants to put a stop to smugglers

2023-09-10T12:13:23.946Z

Highlights: Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) wants to intensify the fight against smuggling crime. So far this year, around 1,400 smugglers have been caught.Faeser is running as a top candidate in the Hesse election on 8 October. She rejected the Union's demand for stationary border controls, for example at the borders with Poland and the Czech Republic. They tie up too many personnel and would be "purely symbolic politics, also in view of the high poll ratings of the AfD", she said.



Status: 10.09.2023, 14:02 p.m.

By: Bona Hyun

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One month before the Hesse elections, Interior Minister Faeser announces tougher action against smugglers. It continues to refrain from border controls.

Hesse – One month before the Hesse elections, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) wants to intensify the fight against smuggling crime. The Minister of the Interior apparently wants to make a name for herself for the Hesse election and is now announcing procedures. That's why I pushed for further measures this week," said the Social Democrat in view of the sharp increase in irregular immigration.

Ahead of Hesse election: Faeser announces tougher action against smugglers

Faeser told Bild am Sonntag: "We are setting up an operational analysis centre at the Federal Police. This evaluates all cases of smuggling in order to quickly identify connections between the cases and the perpetrators. And we will set up a new task force with our neighbouring countries." The Czech Republic has already agreed, the minister reported. "In this way, we will significantly increase the pressure to investigate." So far this year, around 1,400 smugglers have been caught.

Federal Minister of the Interior and Hessian SPD top candidate Nancy Faeser wants to put a stop to smugglers. (Archive photo) © Boris Roessler/dpa

"We want to expel smugglers quickly and consistently, we have to regulate that clearly in the law," said the minister, without being more specific. "We also need another change: so far, smuggling of minors is not punishable because they do not enter the country illegally. Nobody understands that." However, it should be possible to prosecute such smuggling severely. "I have already submitted a proposal."

Nancy Faeser is running as a top candidate in the Hesse election

The minister is also the SPD's top candidate for the Hessian state election on 8 October. More effective measures against criminal smuggling networks have been considered for years. According to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, around 204,000 initial applications for asylum were submitted from the beginning of January to the end of August – around 77 percent more than in the same period last year.

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Faeser offered the CDU/CSU: "On the subject of migration, for example, I am happy to involve the CDU and CSU in the "Germany Pact". This is about skilled workers that we urgently need. And that's about reducing irregular migration." She once again rejected the Union's demand for stationary border controls, for example at the borders with Poland and the Czech Republic – similar to those already on the german-Austrian border. They tie up too many personnel and would be "purely symbolic politics, also in view of the high poll ratings of the AfD". "It is better to be present everywhere in the border areas – with teams from the Federal Police and the other border police." (bohy/dpa)

Source: merkur

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