Greens parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt has criticized the cancellation of Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) on state admission programs for refugees. “It is not understandable why the Federal Ministry of the Interior is denying the willingness to accept committed federal states like Berlin and Thuringia,” said Goering-Eckardt of the newspaper “Welt”. The integration takes place on site, the Federal Ministry of the Interior may no longer “slow down” helpful states and municipalities.
Seehofer had previously rejected the state of Berlin’s plan to accept up to 300 refugees from Greek camps. The federal uniformity would not be maintained if the state admission program was approved, it said in a letter from Seehofer to Berlin’s senator Andreas Geisel (SPD). In a statement, the Federal Minister of the Interior also referred to the efforts towards a uniform European asylum policy. “I am not available for national solo attempts,” said Seehofer.
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister of Integration Joachim Stamp (FDP) agreed with Seehofer. “There are significant legal and organizational issues for a separate country program,” Stamp told The World. In this case, coordination must remain with the federal government. North Rhine-Westphalia accept a total of 220 protection seekers? especially sick children with close relatives.
The federal state also offered the federal government to accept a total of 500 people, Stamp said. Seehofer should use the offer from Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia to “arrange another admission program for particularly vulnerable people from the Greek camps” with colleagues from other EU countries.