Politicians from Bavaria want migrants intercepted in the Mediterranean sent back to Africa, a new position paper has said. They also advocate for holding migrants without ID documents be in transit centers.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s under increasing pressure with security and refugee debates heating up in Germany ahead of federal elections next year.
So it’s not surprising politicians in the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to her Christian Democratic Union, are looking to propose a drastic shift in how Germany, and Europe, handle migrant arrivals.
A CSU party convention next week is set to call for tens of thousands of migrants intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea to be sent back to North Africa.
Returning people to African ports is not a completely new proposal. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere made a similar suggestion in early November.