The German government will allocate 18 billion euros to its regions to solve the problem of migrants in the country.
Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz said this in an interview with Mannheimer Morgen.
According to Scholz, this year alone, the federal government will finance almost 18 billion euros of assistance to federal states and municipalities to help them cope with the challenges of migration policy.
On Monday, the heads of government of the 16 federal states meet first in Berlin and have consultations with Olaf Scholz.
“Currently, too many people come to Germany illegally. We want to speed up the procedure so that asylum applications and hearings in the first instance court are usually completed within six months. Applications and hearings should take place in the initial reception centre,” the chancellor said.
Scholz also announced that Germany’s borders with Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Poland would be strengthened. In addition, he promised that the EU’s external borders would be strengthened.
However, the head of the German government spoke in favor of targeted immigration of skilled workers.
Earlier, the ruling coalition in Germany agreed on an amendment to the legislation that should simplify access to the labor market for asylum seekers.
Before that, Olaf Scholz said that the country should “finally deport on a large scale those who have no right to stay in Germany.”