German legislators agree onimmigration law, jobless cuts

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1 July 2004 , BERLIN - A German parliamentary compromise committee has reached agreement after weeks of bitter debate on legislation for a new immigration law and for cuts in unemployment benefits for long-term jobless Germans. The new law on immigration, assured now of passage in the conservative-controlled upper house of parliament on 9 July, now ensures that hard-core Islamic extremists can be expelled from Germany more speedily. The new law wholly reforms immigration laws in Germany. It speeds up immig

1 July 2004

BERLIN - A German parliamentary compromise committee has reached agreement after weeks of bitter debate on legislation for a new immigration law and for cuts in unemployment benefits for long-term jobless Germans.

The new law on immigration, assured now of passage in the conservative-controlled upper house of parliament on 9 July, now ensures that hard-core Islamic extremists can be expelled from Germany more speedily.

The new law wholly reforms immigration laws in Germany. It speeds up immigration of well-qualified technicians from such high-tech countries as India while also speeding up the expulsion process for Islamic radicals.

Also on Wednesday, the joint Bundestag-Bundesrat committee reached compromise accord on legislation aimed at cutting unemployment benefits for long-term jobless Germans, who hitherto have enjoyed almost carte blanche social benefits indefinitely.

The new legislation authorizes state and local authorities to save about EUR 2.9 billion in unemployment benefits.

Economics Minister Wolfgang Clement previously had offered about EUR 2.05 billion, but the new legislation speeds up payouts to January 2005, guaranteeing faster savings.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

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