Markus Söder and Christian Dürr call for the elimination of subsidiary protection for refugees. Why is this criticized and I wouldn't change anything.

Markus Söder, president of the CSU, participates in a press conference at the CSU headquarters after the European elections.

Calls for subsidiary protection to be eliminated, at least for the inhabitants of Afghanistan and Syria: Markus Söder Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa

SEDAN taz | Following Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), the FDP is also restructuring subsidiary protection for refugees. The leader of the liberal parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Christian Dürr, called for a debate on whether the concept “is still current in this form.” The left and the SPD harshly criticized this measure.

he was skinny Funke Media Group says that there needs to be more order in asylum policy. Regarding the debate on subsidiary protection, he said: “Brussels can change that in concrete terms. “People rightly expect us to address these issues.” The basis for subsidiary protection is the EU Qualifications Directive of 2004. An initiative for change would have to come from the EU Commission.

Last week, Söder called for the abolition of subsidiary protection, at least for the inhabitants of Afghanistan and Syria. The background was the alleged Islamist knife attack carried out by an Afghan in Mannheim, in which a police officer died. Söder called subsidiary protection “a kind of blank check” and continued: “That means that virtually everyone who comes from there is classified as essentially persecuted.” That is an error”.

In fact, unlike full refugee protection, there does not need to be a threat of selective persecution for a person to receive subsidiary protection. It is sufficient if there is a threat of serious harm. The main issue here is the risk of becoming a victim of war as a civilian, of being tortured or sentenced to death. This applies to virtually all refugees from Syria and Afghanistan. However, this does not mean that subsidiary protection is a blank check. Each application is reviewed individually.

“Dismantling the achievements of civilization.”

Of the approximately 135,000 people who received protection in Germany last year, around 71,000 (more than half) enjoyed subsidiary protection. About 43,000 were granted asylum or protection under the Geneva Refugee Convention, and about 21,000 were barred from deportation.

The decision to remove subsidiary protection came under fire on Wednesday. Asylum policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group Hakan Demir told taz: “People fleeing torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or civil war need protection for this in Germany: I don't know.” “How can we change that without denying our values.”

The left's refugee policy spokesperson in the Bundestag, Clara Bünger, spoke of “another brazen attack on the basic rights of refugees” and the “dismantling of the achievements of civilization.” “Well,” said Bünger to the taz.

Pro Asyl legal expert Wiebke Judith called the debate a “superfluous and dangerous discussion” that creates anti-refugee sentiment. “Subsidiary protection was developed because certain people do not meet the criteria for refugee protection, but deportation would literally mean danger to their lives or torture,” she Judith told taz. If subsidiary protection were abolished, deportation prohibitions would also apply. As a result, the legal status of refugees would only worsen. “That makes integration even more difficult, because no one benefits from it.”