Germany passes new law to ease deportations

Germany’s Parliament has passed legislation making it easier to deport failed asylum seekers and to monitor those deemed dangerous in a move that has been slammed by opposition parties and rights groups as an assault on the rights of refugees.
In the legislation passed by the Bundestag late Thursday, German authorities will be able to detain migrants due for deportation for 10 days rather than four, and also have the right to use ankle bracelets to monitor those deemed willing and able to commit terrorist attacks. The legislation also restricts the failed asylum seekers’ freedom of movement. It grants the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and other government bodies more leeway to use and share data retrieved from the migrants’ mobile phones.
Refugee organization Pro Asyl criticized the measures, saying that they rob refugees of their right to privacy. Defending the move, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere referred to the new measures as “a conclusion of efforts to tighten asylum laws in this legislative period.”

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