As an interim step in negotiations between Merkel’s party and the left-wing Social Democrats (SD), “Germany would allow in 1,000 relatives per month for migrants whose status is less than full asylum, and additionally people considered hardship cases under existing rules”. This may end up being tens of thousands of people in the short term. The SD, of course, want much more.
German lawmakers approved a measure Thursday extending current rules limiting migrants’ rights to bring close relatives to the country, paving the way for a new plan agreed to in coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats to take effect in the summer.
Lawmakers voted 678 to 376 to approve the measure proposed by Merkel’s bloc, which extends through July the current temporary ban on relatives joining migrants whose status in Germany is below full asylum.
The suspension of family reunification rules for persons only entitled to so-called “subsidiary protection” was instituted in early 2016, after Germany was overwhelmed with the arrival of 890,000 asylum seekers the year before.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Germany (DE) is estimated to have a population of 82.2 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.4 million.
However, the rate has been much higher since 2015 when two million immigrants entered Germany (1.14 million net).