Germany plans to roll out several mass holding centres across the country that would hold migrants and make it easier for the country to send back the ones whose applications for asylum have been rejected. But the plan is coming under criticism too.
The Guardian reported that such centres hinder the interactions of the people with the larger community, affecting their integration. High crime rates in such camps are cited as a major problem.
There are estimated half a million people in Germany whose asylum applications have been rejected but haven’t left. The anchor centres – an acronym for arrival, decision, return– would speed up the process of asylum applications and make it easier for the government to deport people.
Known for its welcoming approach, Germany decided to reverse its strategy of embedding asylum seekers in the local communities following populist backlash against the government’s approach.