NewsAstonishing declaration in Germany. "Unfortunately, they cannot stay here."

Astonishing declaration in Germany. "Unfortunately, they cannot stay here."

Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz
Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz
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6:07 AM EDT, October 21, 2023

The Chancellor of Germany is taking a new, tough tone on immigration policy. - We have to deport more and do it faster - says Olaf Scholz. - We must have the strength to tell people that unfortunately, they cannot stay here - he adds.

In an interview with "Der Spiegel" magazine, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz outlines a more restrictive stance of his government on immigration. As he emphasizes, Germany needs foreign workers and refugees also have the right to asylum, but "those who do not belong to either of these groups cannot stay with us."

- That's why we limit illegal immigration - too many are coming in - he says.

As a tool, Scholz mentions a "whole package of measures", including the protection of Europe's external borders and the tightening of border controls. These measures also include the solidarity mechanism for refugee relocation agreed upon in the EU, which - as he expressed hope - will be supported by the European Parliament. Deportations are also an important measure: - We need to deport more and faster - he emphasizes.

At the same time, Germany, as he points out, must be open and modern, because they need workers from other countries. - As a country, we have the right to determine who we want to accept here. This applies, for example, to urgently needed skilled workers and talents - explains the head of the German government.

Scholz adds that Germany will continue to offer protection to all those who are fleeing from political persecution, war, and death. - The basic right to asylum stems from the history of Germany, he says.

As he points out, the German government has an obligation to "ensure the functioning of our society", and this also includes "a certain severity".

- One must have the strength to tell people that unfortunately they cannot stay here - says Scholz.

- It is neither humanitarian nor progressive if we are dealing with unregulated mass migration, where people risk their health and life - he adds.

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