German authorities deported more refugees to other EU states in 2018 than ever before. This reports the „Süddeutsche Zeitung“, citing information from the Interior Ministry.
According to a report from Germany, so many refugees were transferred to other EU states last year as never before. From January to the end of November 2018, there were 8,658 asylum seekers who had to leave Germany, reports the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
This was already significantly more than in the whole of 2017, when there were only 7102 such renditions. The newspaper refers to the response of the Federal Interior Ministry to a request from the Left Bundestag MP Ulla Jelpke.
Last year, in every third asylum procedure of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf), there was a so-called Dublin case – that is, whether another EU state is responsible for the asylum application of an applicant, the report said. Under the EU’s Dublin III Regulation, the Member State in which a refugee was first registered upon arrival in Europe should generally look after this and their asylum application.
According to the report, in the first eleven months of 2018, the Bamf has requested a total of 51,558 other EU countries to take over people fleeing to Germany. In 35,375 cases, the requested states have accepted. The main destination for intra-European deportations was Italy, where almost one in three refugees had been taken.
In the opposite direction, almost half of the 7205 refugees from other EU countries who came to the Federal Republic came from Greece. The Left MP Jelpke rated the increased numbers as „not good news“. The attempt to „put this unjust system into practice with all force“ was „simply inhumane“.