Germany declares Algeria safe country of origin, limiting asylum from it

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A contentious law to limit asylum applications from Georgia and three Maghreb countries, namely; Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia was approved, on Friday, by the German parliament’s lower house.

In this aspect, up to 509 German lawmakers, mostly from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative-left coalition government, voted in favor of the legislation, which declared Georgia, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia as “safe countries of origin”.

On the other hand, 138 lawmakers, mainly from the opposition Greens and the Left Party, voted against the draft law.

For his part, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has defended government’s plan, saying that last year less than 3 percent of asylum applications from these four countries were found credible, adding that the new legislation would speed up the processing of asylum applications and enable faster deportation of illegal migrants.

The legislation still needs the approval of the upper house the Bundesrat, where the opposition Greens and Left Party are planing to block it.

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