Softer Rhetoric from Germany’s CSU on Immigration Law

The head of Germany’s Christian Social Union, Horst Seehofer, has indicated that he might support a position where asylum seekers are allowed to settle in the country if they are able to gain employment and learn the language.  He is currently Germany’s Minister for the Interior, and a member of Chancellor Merkel’s coalition government. The coalition is due to discuss a new immigration law, and this position raises hopes that a compromise position may be possible between the parties.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been supportive of letting more skilled migrants enter Germany from non-EEA countries, as the German job market has continued to experience shortages.  However, some disagreements within the coalition have revolved around whether asylum seekers already in the country should be allowed to stay if they demonstrate employability and the ability to integrate with the society.

Reuters’ reporting of this story can be found here.

Italy Clamps Down on Potential Asylum Seekers

The government in Italy is poised to sign into law a decree which restricts the avenues through which illegal immigrants can claim asylum in Italy.  The law, known as the Salvini Bill, is also expected to restrict asylum seekers’ access to housing, and make it easier for them to be deported if they are merely accused of having committed crimes.

The current Italian regime has taken a hard line against humanitarian immigration, stating that it aims to rid the country of “crafty” migrants who are not truly fleeing wars in their home countries.

Human rights watch has called this a “new low” in Italy’s immigration policy and fears that many peoples lives will be put at risk by this hardline approach.  However, the Italian government’s view is that this will make the country safer by removing those who are considered to be “socially dangerous” from the community.

The Guardian’s reporting of this story can be found here.