Germany: Interior Minister to build 'anchor centres' housing asylum seekers

German Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer revealed plans setting up more 'pilot anchor centres' in order to to better control asylum procedures, on a visit to the headquarters of of the Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in Nuremburg on Friday. The first group of 'pilot anchor centres' housing asylum seekers for up to 18 months are scheduled to open in autumn. The name 'anchor' is an... Еще amalgamation of the German words for 'arrival', 'decision' and 'return' — the three stages of the asylum process. «Bavaria had such a centre in Munich and one in Bamberg. The centres had a very strong effect,» Seehofer stated. The interior minister also promised acceleration of asylum procedures, fast deportations as well as movement control for asylum seekers. Seehofer has attracted controversy recently, for challenging the principle of family reunification for refugees and saying in an interview that Islam does not belong in Germany.

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