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Scholz does not see a quick solution to the number of asylum seekers

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the country’s state prime ministers believe that Germany is on the right track in terms of migration policy, but do not expect the number of asylum seekers to fall quickly.

Fundamental changes have already been “set in motion” in recent months, Scholz said on Wednesday after a meeting with prime ministers in Berlin.

All we can do now is not rest on our laurels when it comes to limiting irregular migration, but ‘always stay informed on the issue’.

Hesse’s state premier, Boris Rhein, said he personally found the debate initiated by party members on an upper limit for asylum seekers legitimate.

He was hopeful that at the next meeting of this group on June 20 it would become clear when the payment card for asylum seekers would be launched.

Germany will in future provide at least some social benefits to asylum seekers on pre-loaded cards instead of cash, after state leaders largely agreed on a new common standard to be introduced this summer.

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During the meeting in June, the government will also present the results of its research into asylum procedures in non-EU countries.

The Ministry of the Interior is in discussions with lawyers and experts about whether such procedures are legal and feasible.

Lower Saxony Prime Minister Stephan Weil said that one must remain realistic because the effect of the EU agreement on a reform of the Common European Asylum System would only become noticeable after some time.

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