Germany Taking Tougher Stand On Failed Asylum Seekers, Will Deport Record Number In 2017

21 February 2017, 12:00 pm EST By Amy Gordon Tech Times
Germany has deported 80,000 migrants in 2016 by rejecting their asylum applications. The German government states that this number will increase in 2017,in a bid to maintain public support for the asylum system.  ( German Embassy London | Flickr )

Germany was one of the few countries to have opened its doors to refugees back in 2015. However, the country as of Feb. 19 had deported almost 80,000 migrants whose asylum application was denied.

The chief of the staff, Peter Altmaier informed reporters that approximately half of 700,000 asylum requests were rejected in 2016 and the numbers will rise in 2017. Per reports, Germany had taken in millions of migrants fleeing war and destruction in the last 18 months.

Merkel Goes Back On Her Own Dictum

In 2015, Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, much to the displeasure of conservatives took the decision to offer asylum to refugees from war affected countries. Reports suggest that this decision was taken to pacify the offended conservatives and also to maintain the public support for the asylum system in Germany.

Merkel who proactively supports the inclusion of refugees in her country was opposed by Christian Social Union party, who wanted to limit refugee intake to 200,000 per year. The parties have locked horns over this matter and have lost quite a few votes as a result of the squabble before the Sept. 24 election.

Refugees With Criminal Records Shown The Door

Stringent laws have now come in place for asylum request acceptance. Those who want shelter in Germany will now need to show that they will face maltreatment if deported back to their trouble ridden countries. Moreover foreigners having a criminal record back in their country will be shown the door in order to maintain law and order in the Germany.

"We'll be sending these people home quickly because if we don't, it will damage our credibility as a state based on the rule of law," stated Altmaier.

In the past, refugees were allowed to stay back in the country temporarily even if their application was rejected. The conservatives have also demanded Merkel to scrap this policy and hasten up the deportation process.

This may prove a bit difficult as according to the German constitution and international law, the government needs to show that the origin countries of the refugees getting deported is safe to send them back.

Hastening The Deportation Process

In order to win the September elections, the Merkel government signed a treaty with Afghanistan in October 2016, which made sure that the deported refugees will be taken in safely and will recognize temporary identification documents.

The government is hoping to sign similar treaties with other war-inflicted countries as well to allow quick rejection of asylum applications.

Photo: German Embassy London | Flickr 

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