German state leaders are pushing for a ‘concrete’ asylum plan for third countries

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The leaders of the sixteen German states jointly call on the German government to develop concrete potential models for outsourcing asylum procedures to countries outside the European Union.

State premiers have agreed on a migration position ahead of their meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday, with migration and asylum policies expected to be the dominant topics.

The article urges Scholz’s government to “develop concrete models for the implementation of asylum procedures in transit countries and third countries, and in particular to address the necessary changes in EU regulations and national asylum law.”

Dpa learned of the details from the meeting participants, and the leaders of the states of Hesse and Lower Saxony later confirmed the agreement at a press conference.

Politicians from the conservative CDU/CSU in particular have pushed for an agreement with third countries, along the lines of Italy’s draft agreement with Albania to house and process asylum-seeking migrants.

Hesse Prime Minister Boris Rhein attends the conference of German state premiers.  The emphasis will be on migration policy.  Hannes P. Albert/dpaHesse Prime Minister Boris Rhein attends the conference of German state premiers.  The emphasis will be on migration policy.  Hannes P. Albert/dpa

Hesse Prime Minister Boris Rhein attends the conference of German state premiers. The emphasis will be on migration policy. Hannes P. Albert/dpa

Prime Minister Anke Rehlinger of the Saarland state addresses the media ahead of the conference of the German state premiers.  The emphasis will be on migration policy.  Hannes P. Albert/dpaPrime Minister Anke Rehlinger of the Saarland state addresses the media ahead of the conference of the German state premiers.  The emphasis will be on migration policy.  Hannes P. Albert/dpa

Prime Minister Anke Rehlinger of the Saarland state addresses the media ahead of the conference of the German state premiers. The emphasis will be on migration policy. Hannes P. Albert/dpa

President of the Senate and Mayor of Bremen Andreas Bovenschulte arrives at the conference of German state premiers.  The emphasis will be on migration policy.  Hannes P. Albert/dpaPresident of the Senate and Mayor of Bremen Andreas Bovenschulte arrives at the conference of German state premiers.  The emphasis will be on migration policy.  Hannes P. Albert/dpa

President of the Senate and Mayor of Bremen Andreas Bovenschulte arrives at the conference of German state premiers. The emphasis will be on migration policy. Hannes P. Albert/dpa

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