Using our own courts against us
(Washington Free Beacon) - Migrants are overwhelming the German court system as hundreds of thousands have appealed rulings denying them refugee status.
Many migrants are suing after being granted "subsidiary protection" status by the German authorities, seeking to become full refugeees, the Washington Post reports. Those with subsidiary protection status can stay in Germany for up to three years, but do not have the right to reunify with family.
Two-thirds of cases in Berlin's administrative court are from asylum seekers, as 250,000 appeals are pending across the country Germany.
"This will paralyze us for years," a judge told Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel concerning the build up of lawsuits.
In 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel took an especially liberal line in welcoming refugees. But when the country was shaken by terror attacks, including one on a Christmas market by a Tunisian asylum-seeker, concerns about the German open-door policy led to tighter regulations.
German courts, however, have disagreed with German immigration officials' judgements the vast majority of the time, finding in favor of 90 percent of Syrians who sue for asylum. Some hail this proportion as a human rights victory.
"The courts are cleaning up the mess," University of Hamburg law professor Nora Markard said. "The success rate tells us how important judicial review is — and how important it is for people to have legal representation."Read More . . . . .