Main Menu

German Government Trying To Expedite Deportation Process Of Rejected Asylum Seekers

World Affairs

Open Eyes Opinion {source: DEgov}


The German government pushes for swift return of  ‘illegal asylum-seekers’





Asylum-seekers whose requests are rejected are to be returned swiftly and rigorously – that is the declared goal of the German government. The question of repatriation was the focus of this week’s Cabinet meeting, which looked at ways of dismantling obstacles to deportation.

Germany will continue to afford protection to people fleeing war, persecution and terrorism. They are entitled to our help, stressed federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert after the Cabinet meeting. That is the conviction of the German government.

A distinction must, however, be made between those in need of protection and those who are not entitled to stay in Germany. Those who have no entitlement of any sort to asylum must leave Germany again rapidly, he said. “We can only help those who genuinely need protection if all our resources are available for them, and if those not in need of protection are consistently returned,” said Steffen Seibert.

Until further notice, the question of refugees and asylum will be on the agenda of every Cabinet meeting, as provided for in the coordination concept to address the refugee situation.

Removing obstacles to deportation

The Cabinet discussed in depth the difficulties in implementing deportation orders. As a result of these difficulties, too few of those obliged to leave Germany have in fact left the country, reported the government spokesperson. “The German government has a clear goal – we aim to remove these obstacles to deportation,” stressed Steffen Seibert.

Concrete measures decided already

The government spokesperson pointed to the steps that the German government has already taken. Last week the decision made at the meeting of federal and state government on refugees and asylum were adopted.

It is now stipulated by law that the specific date of deportation may not be announced in advance, reducing the risk that the persons to be deported will simply disappear. It will also in future be easier to deport rejected asylum-seekers directly from the initial reception stations.

Federal states are responsible

The individual federal states are responsible for deporting asylum-seekers whose requests have been rejected. “And the federal government expects the federal states to perform this task rapidly and sustainably,” said Steffen Seibert. The federal government will support the states as far as possible.

Civilian aircraft are to be used to deport individuals by air. “That is the priority,” stressed Steffen Seibert. Where civilian flight capacities are inadequate, the federal government will support the states by taking appropriate steps. In this context, the possibility of using military aircraft is being explored.


[photo credits: “Polizei fängt Flüchtlinge ab” by Wikioloderivative work: MagentaGreen – This file was derived fromPolizei fängt Flüchtlinge an.JPG: 50px. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons –]


Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015

Comments are Closed