Thursday, September 22, 2016
Merkel's promise to deport failed asylum seekers falls flat as more than 150,000 remain
ANGELA MERKEL's promises to speed up deportations of foreigners denied asylum rights in Germany are proving empty as figures from her own government show an astonishing 168,212 slated for expulsion are still in the country.In the first six months of this year Germany managed to get rid of just 13,134 people. The sclerotic pace of deportations has become a political factor against the chancellor. Voters in recent elections where her party was punished said the lack of swift procedures to deport failed asylum seekers influenced their votes.Mrs Merkel pledged months ago to accelerate things. After the twin terror attacks in July, when Isis supporters in Bavaria attacked people on a train and with a suicide bomb outside a café, she reiterated her promise to speed things up. "Foreigners are being tolerated even though they are subject to a deportation order," said the Bild newspaper.The reasons for remaining are extremely varied, according to new data from the government that was released after a request from the hard left Die Linke party. Most rejected asylum seekers come from Turkey, Kosovo and Serbia, but they run the whole spectrum of countries from Europe to the middle Of these 37,020 have no passports so the government doesn't know where to send them to.At least 107,400 deportations for are said to be "impossible" because there are no functioning authorities in their homelands. Nearly 11,000 cannot be sent back because the situation in their homelands - Syria, Somalia for example - is too dangerous. Nearly 3,500 refugees set for deportation have been allowed to stay because they are either looking after sick relatives or signed up to government apprenticeship schemes.A further 1,700 are tolerated because they themselves are ill, and 440 are still in the country because they are subject to criminal proceedings. The national chairman of the German Police Union (DPolG), Rainer Wendt criticised the deportation system saying: "There is a real deportation-hindering industry going on in Germany. "Resourceful lawyers and organisations such as Pro Asyl systematically prevent the lawful return of rejected asylum seekers.And politics shun ugly images of struggles at airports and that sort of thing. That needs to change urgently." Former interior minister and current CDU group deputy Hans-Peter Friedrich calls for an urgent reform of deportation rules in Germany, saying: "Asylum seekers dancing around Germany has destroyed confidence in the capacity of the state. "The legislation must be changed urgently."