130 Kosovars deported from Germany for 6 months
North Macedonia and Albania are the two main destinations of forced returns from Germany in the first half of 2022
In the first half of 2022, the German authorities have expelled around 6,200 foreigners from Germany. This was announced by the German government in a written response to the question of the parliamentary group of the opposition party, Die Linke (Left). From the response, a copy of which Deutsche Welle also has, the main destinations were North Macedonia with over 450 deportees and Albania (over 400), followed by Georgia (around 400). While in Kosovo, Germany has forcibly returned 130 former asylum seekers.
Evictions continue to be more frequent in the summer. The last plane bound for Albania took off from Munich on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, according to Deportation Alarm network sources. The network, made up of several pro-refugee associations, even warns of deportations on its website, in the hope that those affected will be able to take steps to prevent it. In 2020, Albania was the main destination of forced returns from Germany.
The parliamentary group E Majta has strongly criticized the practice of deportation: “You are left speechless when you see what means the federal and state governments are ready to use, just to deport people from the country,” said the spokeswoman for Deutsche Welles. the refugee policy of the Left Party, Clara Bünger. The left-wing opposition criticizes the staggering amount used in some cases.
According to the federal government’s answer to the question of the Left Party, in the first half of 2022, about 35 people were sent from Germany to other destinations for repatriation with 11 “mini charter” planes. A total of 167 police officers were on duty to ensure security during the extradition. Only for “flying devices”, as the planes are called in the document in question, the German state paid 580,000 euros during the first half of the year.
In 2019, before the start of the corona pandemic, the authorities had used 21 such “mini charter” flights with a maximum of four deportees per flight. A total of 48 people were forcibly returned from Germany in 2019, and according to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the flight costs were around 1.35 million euros. In 2020, Germany used 14 charter flights to deport a total of 39 foreigners. In some cases, the costs for these flights reached over 100,000 euros for one or two people. In addition, there were 1,826 returns of asylum seekers to EU countries, in accordance with the Dublin Regulation.
The practice of such flights is disputed. But the alternatives are not less expensive. One of the eyes is the stationing of former refugees in deportation centers. So for example, the newest project that the federal government plans to build next to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport is a large hub for entry-exits to Germany. The organization of the evictions will also take place from there. Rejected asylum seekers will be housed there until the first opportunity for deportation from Germany is given. According to the investigation of the public television channel, RBB, only the rent will cost the state 760 thousand euros per month.
The current coalition between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP has declared the issue of rejected asylum seekers as a priority. The new strategy of the German government aims at two tracks, on the one hand rewarding the integrated, giving them a temporary residence permit, on the other hand, the immediate deportation of former asylum seekers who have deceived about their identity, who have forged documents , or have committed criminal offences./DW