– Merkel caves to save coalition: Germany to allow 1,000 migrants A MONTH into country:
ANGELA Merkel has done a dramatic U-turn on her migrant polices and caved in to demands by her coalition partners to allow by 1,000 migrants a month into the country.
The Chancellor made the move in a bid to satisfy her coalition partner on the divisive question of family reunions for migrants, clearing a major hurdle in talks on a ruling partnership.But, it appears that The Social Democrat Party (SPD) put pressure on Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union Party to have clear regulations that allow migrants to bring their families.Under the agreement, up to 1,000 family members a month will be allowed to join people who are allowed to stay in Germany on less than full refugee status.
Mrs Merkel’s compromise on the divisive question of family reunions for migrants, both sides involved in the negotiations said on Tuesday, clearing a major hurdle in talks on a ruling partnership.
Mrs Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) are in talks to end a four-month political impasse and agree a deal within a week to rule Europe’s biggest economy together.
Migration, and in particular the question of family reunions, is one of the thorniest issues.In 2016, the government decided to suspend family re-unifications for two years for migrants who get “subsidiary protection”.That applies to people who are not deemed individually persecuted but in whose home country there is war, torture or other inhumane treatment.
Syrians are the biggest group of asylum applicants in Germany.They are increasingly being granted subsidiary protection rather than refugee status, so they only get the right of residence for a year, although this can be extended.The conservatives, especially Mrs Merkel’s Bavarian allies, did not want to give way to a more generous policy.
However, SPD party leader Martin Schulz said he had won a concession from the conservatives which meant that more than 1,000 individuals a month would be allowed to enter Germany in cases of special hardship.
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