The German government is offering rejected asylum seekers benefits in kind worth up to €1000 if they voluntarily return home.
We do not expect the lines to be long, but this was unspeakable in Germany a few years ago. It seems as if Visegrad has been quite the “counterweight” in Europe regarding migration. The debate has changed dramatically from two years ago. A hard reality has silenced the “we can do it” slogans in Germany.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior announced the new program called “Your Country, Your Future, Now!” which will run until February 28. Under it families who agree to leave will be entitled to up to €3000.
In an interview with the Bild am Sonntag Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) promoted the program appealing directly to beneficiaries.”If you decide by the end of February for a voluntary return, you will get in addition to first aid, a housing aid for the first twelve months in your country of origin.”
We have one question: What is Angela Merkel’s plan for the rejected asylum seekers who pass on the offer and decide to stay? While Germany has successfully deported some migrants from the Balkans back to their countries in Europe, they have had a much tougher time deporting illegal migrants back to Africa or other countries outside of Europe.
Horst Seehofer, the leader of Merkel’s Sister Party (CSU), claims that it is virtually impossible to deport a migrant once they reach Germany. This was the “reality in Germany” he said.
Like the leaders of Visegrad, we always believed in securing the border first and assisting the true refugees closer to their homes. Open-entry, resettlement and relocation quotas have only deepened and prolonged the crisis while exposing Europeans to unnecessary risks.
In some respects, Angela Merkel is getting a “free ride” from Visegrad and the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) for closing the Balkan Route, which effectively has secured Germany’s border.
Have the leaders of Brussels and Germany learned from their past mistakes?