German-based Gambian migrants express concern about Seehofer’s plan

Friday, July 20, 2018

German-based Gambian migrants expressed concern about German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s recently presented migration “master plan” on 10 July.

Alieu a Gambian migrant in Germany criticised Mr. Seehofer for taking such a tough stance against asylum seekers. Alieu said the Interior Minister’s decision would only make life hard for them.

“This decision is very unfair, we have come a long way to reach here, we risked our lives and resources in the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea. We could have lost our lives in the course of this, so it is very disappointing to hear such a heart wrecking decision from the Minister,” he remarked during an interview.

Asked whether he stands a chance of obtaining legal status in Germany, Alieu who says he is an asylum seeker, responded in the negative, saying his hopes have been dashed since the news of Seehofer’s plan.

His compatriot Samuel also feels frustration towards the German Interior Minister. The 24-year-old man, who claims to have spent 1,500 euros to get to Germany, said if Seehofer’s plan is implemented, it would render him bankrupt and cause great psychological distress.

“Look, I sold all I have to take the ‘backway’. I opted to do so because I expected to gain more upon arrival here as a refugee, because I was targeted by my government. Unfortunately all I got in return is people stiffer regulations that are meant to restrict me from securing a better job, the decision counters the international human rights law. If the Interior Minister succeeds, we will all be sent back to our country and that will make matters worse for me,” he said.

Baboucarr, who has been living in Germany for almost 4 years now as an undocumented migrant and relies on charity for his survival, described Mr. Seehofer’s plan as a witch hunt.

Under Seehofer’s plan tougher sanctions against asylum seekers have been highlighted, such as the creation of more anchor centres where asylum seekers will be registered, have their cases considered and, if rejected, be deported as quickly as possible. However, this proposal would have to be administered at state level and Germany’s state governments have been reluctant to implement the plan so far.

The plan also suggests more EU border protection. Apart from reinforcing the EU’s border security force FRONTEX, as agreed at a Brussels summit at the end of June. Mr.Seehofer also wants to install “disembarkation platforms” in North Africa, a proposalthat is yet to be accepted by any North African country.

The presented plan did not include the last-minute compromises made with coalition partners last week, which averted a government crisis.


Interview with Migrants

Source: Picture: Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attending an international conference