The human rights commissioner has urged Germany to issue humanitarian visas to workers.

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The federal government’s (Greens) human rights commissioner, Louise Amtsberg, has recently called for easier visas for workers and criticized the planned transfer of asylum procedures.

According to a report by Schengen Visa Info, Commissioner Emmetsburg has called for an easier visa process for human rights activists, especially from countries like Russia and Iran.

He reportedly told Editorial Network Germany (RND) that visas should be easier to obtain and there should be more opportunities for people to continue working in Germany.

They need humanitarian visas that can be issued immediately and the opportunity, for example, to change from a temporary Schengen visa to protected protection status, a so-called lane change.

Louise Ammitsberg, Federal Government Human Rights Commissioner

As local German media further reported, Amtsberg also criticized plans to transfer asylum procedures to third countries such as Rwanda.

I find the whole plan legally unacceptable, fatal in terms of domestic and foreign policy, and completely absurd for practical reasons.

Louise Ammitsberg, Federal Government Human Rights Commissioner

Germany will become less attractive to asylum seekers.

In 2023, Germany emerged as the EU country with the highest number of asylum seekers, receiving a total of 334,000 applications. According to figures released by the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA), Germany received more applications than France (167,000) and Spain (162,000).

However, Germany is expected to be less attractive to asylum seekers this year, according to a preliminary report by DW. In the first six months of 2023, the government deported 7,861 people to their countries of origin, official figures show. In addition, this number is expected to increase following a new law called the Repatriation Improvement Act.

Some of the changes reportedly include ending the process of pre-announcing deportations and extending asylum detention to 28 days. Police will also have more powers to search and check belongings such as phones of people who want to leave.

Furthermore, asylum seekers are designed to receive fewer benefits. For example, they will have to wait three years instead of 18 months to receive welfare payments. There will also be a reduction in the cost of meals for those living in state housing.

In addition, many German cities want to move to a card-based benefit system instead of processing payments through banks. The change is reportedly aimed at preventing asylum seekers from transferring money to relatives in their home countries.

Germany plans to become more attractive to skilled foreigners.

On the other hand, immigration for skilled workers will be made easier. Foreigners who qualify based on qualifications, language and work experience, among other things, will be granted a one-year job-seeking visa. The income requirement has also been lowered, making it easier for applicants to bring their family members along.

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