Alexander Dobrindt, of the Christian Social Union (CSU), has said that benefits for rejected asylum seekers should be cut. What is his justification for this and how are other Bundestag members viewing the proposal?
The head of the Christian Social Union (CSU) state group in parliament, Alexander Dobrindt, has called for a reduction in benefits for rejected asylum seekers.
should increase the benefits in kind that are provided to rejected
asylum seekers," he told German newspaper, Welt
am Sonntag. "We must amend the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act and make a clear
distinction between those who are entitled to protection in Germany
and those who do not have the right to stay or even prevent their
coalition agreement between the Christian Democrats, the Christian
Social Union (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) only provides
for restrictions for those who are obliged to leave the country, but
try to prevent their departure - and expressly not for those who do
not leave through no fault of their own.
received support from the CDU, whose internal affairs spokesperson,
Stephan Harbarth, told the newspaper,
"Through a consistent move to providing benefits in kind, the
incentive behind the number of applications in Germany would be
significantly reduced." As well, he said, "We should also
significantly extend the period of 15 months up to which asylum
seekers and rejected asylum seekers receive reduced benefits under
the Asylum Seeker Benefits Act."
far, however, a proposal to this effect has failed, due to opposition
from the SPD, and could therefore not be implemented in the coalition
Lindner, the head of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), called the
suggestions "completely unbelievable" and said that it would be preferable for the
German government to focus on carrying out deportations of rejected asylum
seekers. Dietmar Bartsch, a member of the Left Party in the Bundestag said, "The dignity of human beings is inviolable. This is what is written in the
German Constitution, and this also applies in Bavaria."