by Nick Hallett
Failed asylum seekers in Germany are voluntarily returning home, but only because the government is paying them.
Magazine Focus says
Germany took in 15,300 asylum seekers between January and July, which
was nearly 2,000 more than the entirety of 2014 – and that was before
the mass influx even gathered pace.
The Federal Government has set aside some €2.14 million to pay for
voluntary repatriations, which includes travel subsidies of €200 per
person, although this does not include people who have entered Germany
without a visa.
The amount each person receives also increases depending on the
country they are returning to, with those going to Egypt, Ghana, Lebanon
and Eritrea receiving €300, while those going back to Iraq or
Afghanistan get up to €700 per person.
The figures come as Germany tightens its asylum laws, allowing for
faster deportation and classifying the Balkan nations of Albania, Kosovo
and Montenegro as “safe”, thus making it more difficult for people from
those countries to claim asylum, and much easier to deport them.
However, in practice it will still take a long time before any new
arrivals end up being deported. Once an asylum application has been
filed, it can take up to five months to process, Weser Kurier says.
Some applicants even have to wait a year before a decision as German
bureaucrats struggle to cope with a surge in applications.
Maria-Luisa Leonhardt, a researcher at the Law Faculty of the
University of Leipzig, said: “We already informed the interior ministry
four or five years ago that too few staff were available to process
Peter Altmaier, the minister in charge of the government’s asylum
policy, said the move was a “signal” to migrants and would-be asylum
“We want to improve and we want to improve quickly, as early as this
year, as regards expelling asylum seekers who do not have the right to
remain here,” he said.