Migrants Claim German Bureaucrats Preventing Them From Returning To Their Home Countries
Despite the German Federal government pushing for asylum seekers to voluntarily return to their countries of origin, several migrants have complained that the German bureaucracy has prevented them from returning at all.
One of the migrants who has complained about Germany’s bureaucrats is Syrian asylum seeker Jiwan Bozkurt who came to Germany at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015.Despite wanting to return to Syria to rejoin his family, his request to travel to Syria was rejected because bureaucrats believed his passport may have been forged by the Islamic State terror group German broadcaster MDRreports.
Bozkurt claims he has attempted to correct the issue by submitting identification documents to the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) in Saxony-Anhalt where he currently lives. Due to bureaucratic delays, he claims to have not received a decision despite meeting with immigration officials on 20 separate occasions.
According to the LKA, the papers had been checked and sent back to the immigration officials, but still had not been processed.
Amita Patel from India has made similar accusations against the German bureaucratic system. Coming to Germany with her family in 2010, Patel gave birth to a son in Leipzig five years ago but could not get a birth certificate issued for him since neither she nor her husband could provide authorities with their passports.
Patel was given an order to leave Germany along with her family but due to the missing birth certificate, the bureaucracy determined that her son had an unexplained identity, forcing the pair to prove their Indian citizenship in order to get a birth certificate issued.
The German federal government has heavily promoted voluntary deportations, investing millions of euros into programmes to encourage asylum seekers to return to their countries of origin.
Last month German Development Minister Gerd Müller announced a new programmethat would see the government partner with corporations like Siemens to help train migrants once they returned to their countries. The programme was announced soon after reports that over 20,000 forced deportations failed in 2017.