Germany's interior minister has outlined a law to speed up the return of failed asylum seekers to their countries. However, conservative opposition lawmakers say it doesn't go far enough.
German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser on Thursday outlined her deportation legislation for failed asylum seekers, saying it was a necessary part of addressing concerns about immigration.
Migration has become a major political issue for Germany's coalition government, with Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Social Democrats (SPD) vowing to take a harder lineas the number of migrants arriving has surged.
Why are the changes being made?
Faeser addressed lawmakers in Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, saying the legislation was fundamental to social acceptance of migration.
"Anyone who has no right to stay must leave Germany again," she said. "We must be able to enforce this principle; otherwise we will harm our community."
The minister said it was remarkable that Germany has gone from being a nation that caused two world wars to becoming country where people sought protection.
"In order for us to be this country, we also need clear rules and laws. This means that those who do not have the right to remain must leave the country again — quickly and reliably."
"This is a prerequisite for migration to be accepted in society."