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The German state leader demands action from Scholz in the field of migration

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been called on to make specific proposals on migration ahead of a meeting next week between the federal government and the prime ministers of Germany’s 16 states.

“This is the last chance for the chancellor to show that he will really make proposals for effective control and order on the migration issue,” the Prime Minister of the industrial core state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst, told journalists on Thursday. .

The conservative politician spoke just days after anti-migration parties made strong gains in Sunday’s European elections, including Germany’s Alternative for Germany (AfD). The three parties in Scholz’s center-left coalition performed poorly, winning less than a third of the votes together.

“We must put an end to irregular migration,” Wüst said in the capital Düsseldorf, calling for plans for asylum procedures outside the European Union to be accelerated.

Wüst said he expected expert reports resulting from an exchange between the federal and state governments to be presented at the June 20 ministerial conference. “We really need a position from the federal government on this issue,” he said.

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While the federal government sets asylum policy, states and local authorities provide housing and services.

A recent fatal knife attack by an Afghan migrant on a German police officer has sparked public outrage and debate within Scholz’s three-party coalition over whether Afghanistan should be declared safe for the deportation of rejected asylum seekers.

Migration is expected to be a key issue in the parliamentary elections to be held in the autumn of next year, with Scholz’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) trailing the opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU) badly in the polls.

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany’s most populous state and Wüst is seen as a potential CDU candidate for chancellorship.

Hendrik Wuest, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, takes part in a state press conference in the state parliament in Düsseldorf.  Thomas Banneyer/dpa

Hendrik Wuest, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, takes part in a state press conference in the state parliament in Düsseldorf. Thomas Banneyer/dpa

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