The Bundestag approved a bill to restrict asylum seekers from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Rabat – The lower house of the German Parliament adopted a controversial bill on Friday to limit asylum applications from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Georgia.
Mostly from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative-central left coalition government, 509 German legislators voted in favor of the bill, while 138 legislators, most of them from the Greens and the Left Party, voted against.
Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer defended the government’s plan, saying that less than 3 percent of asylum applications from the four countries were found credible last year.
The upper house of the Federal Council has yet to approve the bill. The upper-house Greens and Left opposition plan to block it, reported Info Sur Hoy.
German outlet the Local reported that migrants from the Maghreb were more likely to commit crimes in Germany than immigrants from Iraq and Syria.
Deportations of failed Maghrebi asylum seekers from Germany has increased since 2015. Germany deported 61 Moroccan asylum applicants in 2015, 634 in 2017, and 476 in the first eight months of 2018.