Half of all German news lately seems to be about asylum seekers, whether it is an AfD member of parliament tweeting anti-Muslim sentiments, pilots refusing to fly back immigrants to their country of origin or now, doctors refusing to perform the mandatory age tests for asylum seekers.
A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death in the Kandel, Rhineland-Palatinate in south-west Germany last week by an asylum seeker whom would have never entered the country had those age tests were performed. The man said he was 15 but actually turned out to be 25.
The girl's father said of the suspect at the time: "There's no way he is ever only fifteen … We hope that through the process we will now know his true age."
Many politicians of the Bavarian conservative CSU (Christian Social Union), a sister-party of Angela Merkel’s CDU, have therefore demanded that mandatory age testing should be performed on all new entrants into Germany, wanting to cap the number of immigrants even further.
But the German medical association, through a statement of their president Mr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, says that some of their members oppose the measure saying such an age test for refugees would be an "intrusion of the person's physical integrity."
"The association has considerable reservations about it."
"If you were to do this with every refugee it would be an interference in their human welfare."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Afghan asylum seeker pretends to be 17 but is actually 33. German authorities believed him and gave him foster parents. Pushes woman from cliff in Greece, jailed and flees parole.<br><br>He then raped, strangled and drowned a 19-year-old in Germany. <br><br>These are the “refugees” of c21st. <a href="https://t.co/BY4UjQA5lp">pic.twitter.com/BY4UjQA5lp</a></p>— Miss Jo (@HaramHussy) <a href="https://twitter.com/HaramHussy/status/947810421536411648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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However the Bavarian interior minister and regional head of the CSU, Mr. Joachim Herrmann, has no such reservations. Seeing the great number of votes the conservatives have already lost to the anti-immigrant AfD in the most recent elections, their stance has only hardened. Mr. Herrmann said: "Too many refugees are still faking adolescent age."
This Thursday, the German parliament is bound to discuss and vote on legislation that would make it obligatory for refugees to undergo those age tests.