A political compromise has been reached in Germany on the question of what to do with some 200,000 foreigners refused asylum but not deported because of humanitarian reasons. Coalition partners have agreed to give these people a two-year residence permit, depending on how long they have been in the country and if they have children. “Those asylum seekers have to be able to earn their own living through work here,” said Wolfgang Bosbach of the Christian Democrats. “We don’t want people entering our social system.”
“If you send the children of turned-down asylum seekers back to their parents’ country, that would amount to banning them,” said Dieter Wiefelsputz of the Social Democrats. “That is not humanely acceptable. This is the common view of the CDU and the SPD.”
Under the new rules, turned-down asylum seekers who are not able to prove they can support themselves will lose their residence permit and fall back into what is known as “tolerated” status.