Finance Minister Christian Lindner believes that the irregular entry of migrants to Germany must be prevented more effectively. In addition, more deportations of rejected asylum seekers are needed, the FDP politician told the news portal t-online.
Influx into the country is currently not being adequately controlled "because we are not adequately preventing irregular migration". He added: "What we don't need is irregular migration, which is illegal but still leads to permanent residence and social benefits."
High expectations of migration officers
He suggested smoothing the way for immigrants who want to work here by, among other things, having existing qualifications recognized more quickly. "On the other hand, there needs to be more consistency in dealing with migrants who have no right of residence."
In his own words, Lindner expects that the newly appointed migration officer Joachim Stamp will conclude agreements with the countries of origin on the repatriation of irregular immigrants. "It's possible to give and take. Easier visas for students and economic cooperation, but also a partnership to prevent illegal migration."
Municipalities complain about the lack of accommodation
According to figures from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, 217,774 people in Germany applied for asylum last year - 47 percent more than in the previous year. Most came from Syria (70,976), Afghanistan (36,358), Turkey (23,938), Iraq and Georgia. In addition, one million war refugees from Ukraine were admitted without having to apply for asylum. Many municipalities complain that it is almost impossible to find accommodation.