The Federal Administrative Court of the city of Leipzig has rejected the complaint of a Moroccan family from Frankfurt, complaining against obligatory swimming education for their thirteen years old daughter. According to the court, religion is not a sufficient reason to avoid public swimming. A whole-body swimsuit (Burkini) is reasoned to be sufficient covering the entire body, enabling Muslim girls to participate at school swimming.
The Minister of the German State Hesse interpreted the court rule as a pathbreaking decision for the integration of migrants. The court in Leipzig reasoned its decision with the aim to ensure the application of law to all subjects. No minority group should be excluded from German society.
German officials are drawing up lists of hundreds of Muslims to be deported from the country under a new law making expulsions easier, the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel said on Saturday. Der Spiegel said authorities were already using their powers under an immigration law introduced this month in conducting an operation dubbed Aktion Kehraus (Action Sweep Out). The interior ministry declined to comment on the report beyond saying that deportations were a matter for Germany’s 16 federal states. Under new rules, potential deportees will not be able to use normal legal channels to challenge an expulsion order. A special panel of the Federal Administrative Court will be responsible, with no right of appeal. Der Spiegel said judges were expected to deal with up to 2000 cases a year. Clampdown Since the revelations in 2001 that Arab students who had lived for years in Hamburg led the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States, Germans have questioned their liberal laws under which some suspects even drew welfare benefits. Interior Minister Otto Schily has suggested that evidence of training at an al-Qaida camp should be clear grounds for expelling a foreign national. Distributing videos calling for “holy war” could also be punished the same way.