Germany approves ID card for refugees
Germany’s cabinet has agreed to introduce an identity card for refugees as it tries to better control the wave of migrants arriving from Syria, Afghanistan and other troubled spots.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under increasing criticism by opposition groups and some of her conservative allies for opening up Germany’s borders to Syrian refugees, criticism that has increased since the November 13 attacks in Paris.
The cards will include information on refugees’ date and place of birth, nationality and gender, Scannable Fake IDs as well as a photo and details on height and eye colour. Registration centres will also take fingerprints.
“This way we can try and better detect people who are trying to disguise their identity,” Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere said in a statement.
The government hopes to start handing the cards out by mid February, once the ID cards have been approved by parliament, Best Fake ID websites with the aim of fully introducing them by next year.
Refugees will need an ID card if they want to receive benefits and apply for asylum, de Maiziere said.
“The draft law is a further important step to register the people who are arriving quickly while ensuring their identity,” he added.