The traffic light coalition makes it easier for migrants to gain access to a residence permit in Germany. All the young men who came to Germany in the wake of the wave of refugees in 2015 from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea or other countries will very soon get a right to stay very easily. This is what it says in the coalition agreement on page 138.
The regulations apply to everyone who is no more than 27 years old, has lived in Germany for at least three years and is “well integrated”. Integration is not further defined. If the young migrants have “underage children” as well as “spouses or partners” with whom they “live in a family relationship”, they will benefit from a residence permit with them. This is what the paragraph that red-green want to reform in Germany provides.
Those who are older than 27 and are tolerated in Germany can also hope: According to the coalition agreement, they too can receive a residence permit after six years through “special integration achievements”. If it is a question of families, they will enjoy the right to stay after just four years.
The far-reaching relief affects countless people, including those 441,899 migrants who applied for asylum in Germany in 2015, the year of the wave of refugees, and also the 722,370 in the following year. More than half of these 1.16 million migrants said they were still young. 30 percent of asylum seekers in 2016 stated that they were not older than 15 years, 24 percent stated that they were between 18 and 24 years old.
In the years that followed, the number of asylum applications fell, especially during the Corona period, but the proportion of young people rose at the same time. Of the 142,509 migrants who applied for asylum in Germany in 2019, 47 percent stated that they were not more than 15 years old. In 2020 and 2021, every second asylum seeker has said this so far. You, your life partner and children can look forward to easier access to the German right to stay.
Migrants have already been given the right to stay through special integration services. However, the provisions were more restrictive. They were not allowed to be older than 21 years, had to live for four years in the federal territory, and had to show that they had successfully attended school or had acquired a “recognized school or professional qualification”.
The coalition is not currently defining the integration services to be provided. Much of the contract is vaguely worded anyway, sometimes even contradicting itself.
Three pages later in the coalition agreement it says: “We want to effectively reduce irregular migration”. And in the next sentence: “We want to end the illegal rejections and the suffering at the external borders.” It is not really clear to what extent one wants to prevent illegal migration if one also wants to end rejections at the external borders from the outset. One also wonders how Germany intends to prescribe something to states on the EU’s external border.
When a few weeks ago an ever-growing crowd of migrants wanted to gain access to the EU on the Polish-Belarusian border, the current coalition partner FDP of the Greens called for Poland’s support in protecting the external border – the Greens in turn demanded that all illegal migrants be accepted immediately. At that time you could sweep the contradiction under the rug. . .