For discarded asylum searchers in Germany, taking the assistance of the church is frequently their final hope. A lot of communities open their doors to hold up or put off a looming exile. The expats then reside for some days, weeks, months on the congregation’s grounds that provide them provisional defense from police access.

As per Karl Jüsten, Church asylum turns it possible “to forward individual cases to the agencies for re-assessment and thus put off humanitarian sufferings.”

The prelate directs the Catholic Office in Berlin, which interacts between the Catholic German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) and federal bodies in political matters.

The matter of church asylum needs a superior contract of diplomacy, as it is a gray region where commandment, humanism and countrywide politics interconnect. And that’s precisely why freshly introduced facts have activated such a controversial discussion.

As per report rolled out this week, church parishes ignored key technical regulations in approximately 50 percent of the cases they witnessed between early last year and the end of June this year. The facts were presented to DPA by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

Around 2,533 church asylum cases got forwarded to the authorities all through the period, as per German Interior Ministry in reply to a parliamentary query forwarded in July.

In spite of a centuries-old custom of church asylum in Germany, there is no lawful source for it. No commandment or formal duty specifies that the state or related parties must agree to the church.

Thomas Jeutner, a Protestant pastor in Berlin, told media, “If there is no dossier, we will not grant church sanctuary,” Jeutner told media.

“We will stick to the rules for a second chance,” he said, adding that when possible abuses come up in individual parishes, they should not be ignored.

Hannah Weber

Hannah Weber  is a seasoned journalist with nearly 10 years experience. While studying journalism at FernUniversität Hagen, Hannah found a passion for finding engaging stories.  As a contributor to Deutch News, Hannah mostly covers human interest pieces.


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