German lawmakers demand individual checks for Syrian refugees
Leading politicians of the ruling coalition in Germany have demanded case-by-case reviews of Syrian migrants entering the country. The call comes after media reported that the IS had stolen thousands of Syrian passports.
Europe needed a quick and seamless registration procedure for refugees, Ansgar Heveling, chief of the Commission for Internal Affairs in the German parliament told German media. Authorities also needed to introduce individual checks for Syrian refugees “as soon as possible.”
“If documents are not of much help, inconsistencies can be noticed while speaking to the individual asylum seeker,” Heveling, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU), told reporters.
Social Democrat Burkhard Lischka also said a case-by-case review of people fleeing from Syria was very important. European security agencies also needed to “communicate the serial numbers of the stolen passports as soon as possible,” Lischka said, referring to a report in the German weekly “Welt am Sonntag,” that said militants of the “Islamic State” (IS) had stolen thousands of blank passports from Syria, Iraq and Libya.
The militants are also believed to have stolen machines to produce documents for identification.
The European Union’s border security agency, Frontex, also warned of the stolen passports becoming a security risk.