Deportations delayed because countries of origin won't take their citizens back among other reasons. Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria have been particularly unhelpful.
9/22/2016, "Over 500,000 rejected asylum seekers still live in Germany," thelocal.de, Emma Anderson
"A new report shows that more than half a million people who had
their asylum applications rejected are still living in Germany,
three-quarters of whom have been in the country for more than six years.
In a parliamentary inquiry from Die Linke (the Left Party), the federal
government revealed that as of the end of June, there were 549,209
people living in Germany who had had their asylum application rejected,
Bild reported on Thursday.
About three quarters of them had been living in Germany at least six years.
The largest group came from Turkey (about 77,600), followed by Kosovo
(68,549) and Serbia (50,817). Serbia and Kosovo were declared safe
countries of origin by the German government in 2014 and 2015,
About half of the total number had an unlimited permit to stay, and another third had a temporary permit to stay.
Bild also reported that there were 168,212 people living as “tolerated”
immigrants - 100,000 of whom had had their asylum applications
rejected. And another 37,020 “tolerated” immigrants were allowed to stay
because they lacked travel documents.
What happens when asylum is rejected
Even if someone has their asylum application rejected, the government
may still recognize that there is another reason to protect them inside
Asylum seekers who have their applications rejected may appeal their
decisions, all the way up to the European Court of Human Rights, which
can take months.
Another option if someone has their asylum application turned down is
that they may receive “subsidiary protection” from deportation if they
do not meet the requirements for gaining refugee or asylum status,
according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
“There may be reasons that prevent him or her from being deported.
These include the threat of the death penalty, torture, inhumane or
degrading treatment or other existential threats - meaning that the
foreign national is to be regarded as vulnerable,” the BAMF website
If someone is not granted refugee protection, asylum or subsidiary
protection, they may also be granted a ban on deportation. This is
issued in the case where a “foreigner faces a substantial concrete
danger or an extreme general danger on return to the destination state,”
including poor health care if they are ill, BAMF states.
“Protection against deportation... is asserted in particular (but not
exhaustively) if for instance the danger of a considerable worsening of
an existing illness is likely because of inadequate medical treatment in
the destination state, or if such treatment is not available at all.”
If someone is not granted any of these protections, BAMF then issues a
request for the person to leave Germany with a deportation notice. They
are then given a week to 30 days to leave, depending on the reason for
deportation. BAMF also notifies the country of origin and it then
becomes the responsibility of the German state [not the fed. gov.] where the asylum
applicant resides to enforce the deportation.
But Germany has struggled with getting people to leave voluntarily and for countries to take them back.
In February, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière urged Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia to speed up their process of taking back their citizens whose asylum applications had been rejected in Germany.
These countries had been refusing or delaying the processing of taking people back because they were missing identification documents.
It was also reported in February that Germany was paying refugees to go back home, covering travel costs and even sometimes giving them cash for when they return.
Push for swifter deportations
Conservative politicians from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian
Democratic Union (CDU) and sister party CSU (Christian Social Union)
have continued to push for swifter deportation processes for rejected
In response to Bild’s report, chair of the CDU/CSU Union in German
parliament Hans-Peter Friedrich called for a reform of the deportation
“Whoever allows rejected asylum seekers to dance circles around the
state is destroying the people’s trust in the capabilities of the
government,” Friedrich told Bild.
“The laws urgently need to be changed.”"
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