Rejected but well-integrated asylum seekers should be able to remain in Germany in the future. This emerges from a draft law reported on by “Spiegel”. Accordingly, the government wants to deport criminals more consistently at the same time. According to the report, Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) intends to present the draft law for a “chances right of residence” shortly.

This is intended to give migrants who have been living in Germany for five years or more only with a Duldung the opportunity to stay legally in Germany permanently. More than 100,000 people could benefit from the new regulation.

Specifically, those affected should be given a one-year residence permit on a probationary basis. If they prove during this time that they have mastered the German language and can secure their livelihood, they will be given a long-term right to stay. Criminals are to be excluded from this option, as are men and women who have given false information about their identity and have thus prevented their deportation.

The SPD, Greens and FDP had committed themselves to the project in the coalition agreement. “We are countering the previous practice of chain tolerance with an opportunity right of residence,” it said. Some of the opposition had criticized the plans. It was wrong to grant people the right to stay who had come to Germany without a legal basis, said Ralph Brinkhaus, the leader of the Union faction in the Bundestag at the time.

Possibly also as a reaction to this, Interior Minister Faeser has now committed herself to a stricter course in the deportation of rejected asylum seekers who have not behaved according to the law. “In particular, the departure of criminals and dangerous people must be carried out more consistently,” quotes the “Spiegel” from the draft law. Among other things, the rules on detention pending deportation are to be tightened. The traffic light had also announced this in its coalition agreement.