Initial reactions from those concerned were satisfied with the agreement between the federal states and the federal government, as SRF correspondent in Germany Simone Fatzer points out. “It is certainly important for the federal states that money is now paid out largely on a per capita basis, i.e. a dynamic model: if more comes in, there is more money.” But of course, the problem of finding housing or employees in all areas of integration cannot be solved with money. Experts doubt the deterrent effect that interest cuts are supposed to have. The big question is about implementation. Both the planned payment card and the planned expedited measures are things that “require primarily administrative effort, require staff, better digitalization — all of this will take time,” says Fatzer.
In principle, discussions are not resolved by agreement. “The main goal is to control immigration and stop illegal immigration,” says Fatzer. The key point here is the idea of outsourcing asylum procedures to third countries. This point was agreed upon as a kind of test matter, which means that discussions here are ongoing. “These discussions will certainly be held intensively. Above all, the CDU/CSU, that is, the opposition parties, will push for this to happen. This issue has already sparked controversy among the prime ministers, and is highly controversial even within The government and even within parties.
The bottom line is that the agreement provides more money for those who have to provide care and integration, a slight tightening of content and “a lot of intention about what we want to develop further,” SRF correspondent in Germany Simon Fatzer concluded.
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