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German interior ministers approve individual assessment for Syrian refugees | News | DW.COM | 03.12.2015

 German state interior ministers have agreed to resume individual asylum assessments for refugees. Some have claimed the controls are crucial for security, while others have criticized the move as a 'gamble' with lives.

Germany's 16 state interior ministers agreed on Thursday during a meeting in Koblenz to toughen the screening process for all asylum seekers. Personal interviews will resume for all applicants, including Syrians, who have only had to provide information in writing for the past year.

"I have deemed it necessary to reintroduce individual assessments for all refugees and asylum seekers - regardless of which country they come from," Germany's federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said during a press conference. He did not mention a start date for the stricter assessments.

The stricter controls have been called for "on security grounds" and to "ascertain identities and prevent abuse." Increased support for the controls came following reports that some asylum seekers used false Syrian passports. The move comes in the wake of the Paris attacks which killed 130 people.

Read more: German interior ministers approve individual assessment for Syrian refugees | News | DW.COM | 03.12.2015

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