Germany ready to accelerate process of handling asylum applications

Germany ready to accelerate process of handling asylum applications

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have reached an agreement on asylum policy with the center-left SPD. There had been tensions over plans to turn away certain migrants at the border.

SPD leader Andrea Nahles said there would be no unilateral action concerning migration, but that there would be quicker processes for handling asylum applications according to the Dublin agreement, which regulates asylum policy across the European Union, Deutsche Welle reported.

The leaders agreed on ditching so-called transit centers to process incoming asylum-seekers, rather there will now be "transit processes in police centers," CSU leader Seehofer told reporters.

If migrants are not able to be taken to a "transit accommodation area" at the Munich airport, Germany's federal police will process arriving migrants at their existing facilities along the border, the government said in a statement.

Nahles told reporters following the meeting that the parties agreed to a "package [of measures] for the reorganization of asylum policy" and that it was a "good solution."

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