German government flip-flop on Syrian refugees


This video from London, England says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn speaks to 100,000 at Refugees Welcome Here rally

12 September 2015

On the day he was elected leader of the Labour Party, 12 September 2015, Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the huge demonstration in London at which over 100,000 people expressed their solidarity with refugees. It was his first public appearance after he won the leadership vote.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Refugee crisis: Germany imposes restrictions on Syrian refugees in surprise U-turn

Syrian refugees will only be able to stay for one year with limits to their rights as refugees

Samuel Osborne

6 November 2015

Berlin has announced hundreds of thousands of Syrians entering Germany will not be granted asylum or refugee status in a surprise U-turn from Angela Merkel’s “open-door policy” on refugees.

While Syrian refugees will still be able to enter Germany, they will only be able to stay for one year with “subsidiary protection”, which limits their rights as refugees.

The policy shift followed an emergency meeting of Ms Merkel’s cabinet and coalition partners on Thursday.

Although the meeting decided against setting up “transit zones” to process refugees on Germany’s borders with Austria, they agreed on prompt deportation of people whose asylum claims had failed.

Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, announced that Berlin would start to fall in line with other governments in the European Union, The Guardian reports.

“In this situation other countries are only guaranteeing a limited stay,” he said.

“We’ll now do the same with Syrians in the future. We’re telling them ‘you will get protection, but only so-called subsidiary protection that is limited to a period and without any family unification.'”

An interior ministry spokesperson told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is instructed henceforth to grant Syrian civil war refugees only subsidiary protection.”

Angela Merkel called multiculturalism “a grand delusion.”

Britain: The impact of the refugee crisis: Lampedusa by Anders Lustgarten at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre: here.

Andrew Bacevich: Wars in Iraq & Syria Continue Decades of Failed U.S. Militarism in Mideast: here.

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