Fewer failed asylum seekers are being deported from Germany to their home countries and according to the German government it is doctors who are not allowing them to carry out deportations. The German Interior Minister Thomas De Maizière is causing controversy among medical professionals. The Interior Minister has claimed that the reason the German government is having such a huge struggle deporting illegal migrants and failed asylum seekers is because doctors won’t clear the migrants for travel.
The comments have led to outrage among doctors who claim Mr. De
Maizière is indirectly claiming the doctors are purposely creating
certificates to prevent the deportations reports Suddeutsche Zeitung.
It has recently been reported that over 500,000
migrants in Germany have failed in their asylum claims, yet very few
are optimistic about them leaving the country. There have been many
reasons suggested for why the migrants, who are now considered illegal
migrants, have been deported in small numbers.
One reason cited has been the extensive costs associated with
deportations, with the average cost per migrant in some states being up
to 50,000 euros. Head
of the German police union, Rainer Wendt has blamed pro-migrant groups
like NGO pro-asyl and their team of lawyers who work hard to help
migrants avoid deportation, regardless of their asylum status.
The government has added the problem with doctor notes to the list
claiming that the same doctors keep popping up and writing certificates
for migrants claiming that they are unable to travel due to medical
issues. The Interior Ministry has claimed that the doctors make a
“presumptive diagnosis” and do not follow proper medical procedure when
writing the medical notes for the migrants.
The German Medical Association has fought back against the
allegations saying that the government has little real evidence to
suggest any of the doctors had acted in a manner that would suggest they
were forging the certificates. President Frank Ulrich Montgomery said
that there is no nation wide data presented by the government that back
up the claim that doctors are helping migrants avoid being deported.
Instead, Montgomery said, the government should be looking at ways to
help doctors carry out their jobs by giving them more time to diagnose
migrants, more funding and more support. Only with more time, he said,
could doctors examine the full physical and psychological profile of the
migrants and talk to eye witnesses who personally know the migrants.
The German government is also worried about the growing number of underage asylum seekers, who are often impossible to deport due to their age. The security services fear that underage migrants are also prime targets for recruitment by radical Salafist preachers who have been caught aiding terror groups like the Islamic state.