Germany to Enforce Refugee Movement Restrictions, Bild Says

  • Identity cards to be introduced for asylum seekers in 2016
  • Backlog of applications to be worked off by year's end

Germany’s planned introduction of an identity card for asylum seekers will help the government restrict their free movement within the country, Bild newspaper reported, citing an interview with migration office chief Frank-Juergen Weise.

“We will start issuing arrival cards at the start of February 2016 which will grant for example social benefits only in particular districts or particular cities,” the newspaper cited Weise as saying. “Anyone who moves out of these areas won’t get any money.”

The current backlog of 360,000 unprocessed or undecided asylum applications will be worked off by the end of next year, said Weise, who wants to speed up the average processing time for new cases to three months.

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