Germany’s New “Combination Law”


The brand-new law uses just to genuine asylum seekers, not to the numerous countless financial migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who have gone into Germany illegally by posing as asylum seekers.

Of the more than 1.1 million migrants who arrived in Germany in 2015, only 476,649 have applied for asylum. Many of the rest have actually gone underground and are sustaining themselves through minor criminal activity and drug dealing.Nearly half (49%) of the migrants in Germany whose asylum applications were rejected throughout the previous two years have actually not left the nation, according to leaked federal government data.

” Regaining control of our borders is an existential problem for our culture and the survival of our society.” Thilo Sarrazin, popular German central banker and a former member of the Social Democrats.

After months of bargaining, Germany’s union federal government has agreed on a new “Integration Law” aimed at regulating the rights and obligations of asylum applicants in Germany.

The main focus of the law is to motivate refugees to learn adequate German to be able to find a task and assistance pay for their living expenditures.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has actually hailed the brand-new law as a “turning point,” and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel states it represents a “true paradigm shift in Germany.”

Critics counter that the new law is a mostly symbolic step directed at comforting German voters and blunting the increase of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany celebration.

Information of the Integration Law were revealed on May 25 after a two-day government summit in Schloss Meseberg, a castle north of Berlin. Based upon the motto “Support and Demand” (FOrdern und Fordern), the brand-new law makes the government an active participant in the combination procedure. Key components of the law include:

Combination Courses. Courses on German culture, society and values will be broadened from 60 hours to 100 hours. The number of available slots will be enhanced from 20,000 to 200,000 across the country. The courses will be required for all asylum hunters; those who choose not to go to will have their social well-being advantages cut.

Language Courses. Asylum candidates will now be permitted to make an application for language courses 6 weeks after showing up in Germany (compared with 3 months before) and regardless of whether their asylum applications have actually been processed. All refugees looking for permanent residency must excel in German.

Work Programs. The government will produce 100,000 low-wage jobs paying around one euro an hour. Refugees who refuse to work will have their advantages cut.

Labor Laws. Existing labor laws will be unwinder to motivate German business to employ refugees, even if better qualified German or EU citizens are readily available for a marketed position.

Preventing Ghettoes. The new law will authorize regional federal governments to identify where refugees will live, either by designating or prohibiting them from certain areas, for the next three years. The objective is to prevent refugees from settling in migrant ghettoes.

Long-term Residency. Refugees who excel in German and can provide for their own upkeep in Germany can apply for irreversible residency after 5 years; those with exceptional German abilities can do so after 3 years.

The law has actually been accompanied by the so-called Meseberger Declaration on Integration, a statement of principles summarizing the government’s new integration policy.

Addressing the proliferation of migrant sex criminal activities in Germany, the document states: “We will decline attacks on women, children and others in need of protection, whether such attacks are directed versus German citizens or versus refugees.”

Critics say the new law, which must be approved by the German Parliament, which will dispute the step in July, is inadequate to handle Germany’s combination problems.

For a start, the law uses just to genuine asylum seekers, not to the numerous countless economic migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who have actually entered Germany unlawfully by impersonating asylum hunters.

Of the more than 1.1 million migrants who arrived in Germany in 2015, just 476,649 have actually made an application for asylum, according to main statistics. A number of the rest have holed up and are sustaining themselves through minor crime and drug dealing. The federal government has actually not said how it plans to “integrate” such migrants.

In addition, the government is currently facing an intense lack of instructors to teach the combination courses. It continues to be uncertain where the government will discover countless new instructors envisioned in the brand-new law. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has admitted: “The traffic jam is not money but the lack of instructors.”

Uncertain is who will pay for executing the brand-new law. According to a current quote, the total cost of “incorporating” refugees will reach 25 billion euros ($ 28 billion) in 2016 alone. Leaders of some of Germany’s 16 federal states are demanding that the main government assume obligation for at least half this amount.

Additionally, some critics state the law lacks significant punitive steps. Although it does require cutting welfare benefits to refugees who refuse to learn German, it does not threaten them with deportation. Obviously, refugees running away warzones cannot be gone back to their native lands, even if they refuse to learn German. In any occasion, Germany is lax when it comes to deportation. Almost half (49%) of the migrants in Germany whose asylum applications were turned down throughout the past 2 years have not left the country, according to government data leaked to Die Welt.

Perhaps most importantly, the new law seems based on the presumption that the EU-Turkey migrant deal will hold. If Turkey resumes the floodgates to mass migration, and numerous thousands of added migrants flow into Germany, combination efforts are likely to collapse.

Hans-Peter Uhl of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sibling party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), said the brand-new law does not go far enough: “Integration is good and essential, but positioning limits on the variety of refugees would be better.”

Stephan Mayer, likewise of the CSU, included: “Whoever refuses deportation should be sent to a detention center and deported within 4 days.”

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel of the Social Democrats (SPD) says the Integration Law is really the precursor to a full-fledged Immigration Law, a claim disputed by Angela Merkel. Gabriel who has actually called for airlifting migrants directly from the Middle East to Germany says he prepares to introduce a draft immigration law this fall; critics of the step say it would encourage yet more migration to Germany.


Thilo Sarrazin, a distinguished German main banker and a previous member of the Social Democrats (SPD), has actually been cautioning Germans for years about the effects of mass migration. In 2010, he wrote the best-selling book, “Germany Does Away with Itself” (Deutschland schafft sich ab), which ruined Germany’s enduring taboo on going over the social modifications transforming the country due to the existence countless non-integrated Muslims.

In his latest book, “Wishful Thinking,” (Wunschdenken), Sarrazin implicates Merkel of “no longer being concerned about the interests of Germans and the future of their country, the protection of their living environment (Lebensumfelds) and their cultural identity.” He concludes: “Regaining control of our borders is an existential problem for our culture and the survival of our society.”

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