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Migrant crisis: Germany says no plans to limit Syrians’ rights as the average German becomes irate at this policy


BERLIN, Nov 7 — The German government assured yesterday there had been no changes to its refugee policy for Syrians, after the interior minister said they would be given a lesser status that excluded family reunifications.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said “a change” to the decision-making processes of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees had “not yet taken place”.

Germany has to date maintained an open-door policy for Syrians escaping their country’s bloodshed, giving them “primary protection”—the highest status for refugees.

Among other benefits, it includes a three-year residence permit and family reunification.

Germany “is sticking to the practice currently in place”, Seibert said on Twitter.

Seibert’s statement came after Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told German radio that Syrians would be given shorter residence permits and denied the right to be reunited with their families.

“What we will do in future with the Syrians… is we will say to them: you will be given protection, but only what we call ‘subsidiary protection’, meaning it is for a limited time, and without family reunification,” De Maiziere told Deutschlandradio earlier yesterday, without specifying when the change in policy would be enforced.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) had been first to report that  Europe’s top economy, which is expecting around one million


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