While German mainstream politicians such as Gerd Muller (CSU) enjoy only the luxury of first-class seats, two Africans from the Ivory Coast saw their temporary “repatriation” happen in a private jet with extensive additional staff at their esteemed disposal.
In January, an Ivorian, 26, from Hannover, together with another African compatriot, 29, was flown by the German authorities from Dusseldorf to Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast for €165 000.
The main reason for the luxurious deportation by private jet from Dusseldorf airport: The 26-year-old – who had arrived in 2015 with the mass influx of migrants, had “rampaged so violent that officials had to let him go,” in previous attempts to deport the individual, German tabloid Bild reported.
Svenja Mischel from the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior under Boris Pistorius, SPD, noted: “A renewed attempt to deport him in a scheduled flight was therefore not promising.”
In order to exclude a risk for other passengers, a private charter machine was booked. According to the Interior Ministry, the flight of half a dozen civil servants, medical doctors and an interpreter was largely carried out by the European border security agency Frontex.
Lower Saxony’s refugee council estimated the costs for the 26-year-old Ivorian alone at 139 000 euros.
He girlfriend is expecting to give birth to his baby in Lower Saxony, and she is therefore still entangled in the current asylum procedure. If the Ivorian returns to Germany, “he would be obliged to pay the deportation costs,” said the Refugee Council in a message.
One day before departure, the Administrative Court of Hanover dismissed the claim by the Ivorian’s asylum lawyer – who is also financed by taxpayers – against being deported to the former capital of his former homeland.
Later it was decided to include his 29-year-old compatriot, who had been obliged to leave the country in May 2018 already, in the comfortable private jet.
By way of comparison, the (lawful) deportation of bin Laden’s bodyguard Sami A in October last year cost only between 35 000 to 50 000 euros: Almost a bargain in the German “return jet migrant tourism”.
And for the 17 foreign trips taken by the Lower Saxony state government last year, the taxpayer paid a total of only 46 500 euros.
The two Ivorians should thank the sponsors of their high-class-life-styles and will probably visit Germany and their relatives living here soon again.
Asylum agencies, the Refugee Council and German authorities will no doubt turn a blind eye to both, as they have for similar cases in the past.