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For young Senegalese, perilous journey to Europe worth the risk
German government supports rejected asylum seekers instead of reallocating funds to its citizens, AfD points out
“Anyone who does not pay their radio license fees in Germany has to expect the relentless harshness of state authorities. On the other hand, foreigners who are obliged to leave the country but fail to do so have less to fear. Authorities often grant them a “Duldung,” which means that they can continue to live in the German welfare state without fear of deportation.
As Junge Freiheit reported, the AfD parliamentary group wanted to do something about the government’s sloppiness and use an effective lever against individual states and municipalities that deal with the enforcement of this foreign policy. The party wanted to erase federal payments made so far in connection with rejected asylum seekers. But in the “adjustment meeting” of the budget committee on Friday night, after which the members of the government coalition boasted about their uncompromising approach, the AfD attempts failed completely.
The parliamentary group sought to cut 4.4 billion euros from the budget of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Hubertus Heil (SPD).
For its calculations, the AfD party used asylum statistics, which show that about 58 percent of all asylum applications were rejected in 2020. Since the rejected asylum seekers should actually leave the country and their further stay would no longer be justified, the AfD demanded a corresponding reduction in federal payments to the individual states.
The potential savings in Minister Heil’s budget would have been 4.46 billion euros. The largest portions of this amount would have been 1.76 billion euros for the “cost of accommodation” and 2.09 billion euros for social assistance payments. But the AfD request was strictly rejected by the budget committee.
Unsurprisingly, the AfD met with a lack of understanding. It is incomprehensible “why the federal government supports rejected asylum seekers in Germany instead of consistently deporting them and using the money for its own citizens,” said AfD member Ulrike Schielke-Ziesing.
The almost four and a half billion euros that would have been saved with the AfD’s plan could, in her opinion, have been used more sensibly in other areas of labor and social affairs…”