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Mayor Michael Kissel of Worms. Photo supplied

Germany: Migrants prevent their deportation with violence

Hundreds of rejected immigrants have forcibly prevented their deportation in 2018. As a request from the Left Party in the German Bundestag revealed, the deportations of 1 637 people by air failed due to "resistance actions". This figure tripled compared to 2017 (525).

Published: March 8, 2019, 8:27 am

    The majority of those affected, were Africans, with 188 Nigerians and 135 Somalis. They were followed by Syrians (126), Guineans (98) and Eritreans (88). Another 107 people were not expelled for medical reasons, and 506 were refused airlines or pilots for various reasons related to safety and health.

    The authorities were unable to deport one immigrant 15 times because the country of origin refused to accept him. According to the inquiry, no information is furthermore available to the Federal Government on how many deportations failed because the persons affected were not found on the day of expulsion.

    Last year, more deportations failed than succeeded. While the Federal Ministry of the Interior registered 30 902 unsuccessful repatriations, it recorded 23 525 completed.

    In addition, in 2018 Germany transferred more than 9 200 persons under the Dublin Regulation.

    The number of unfinished deportations has steadily increased over the past four years. Some 19 258 repatriations failed in 2015, with 20 923 the following year and then 22 775 in 2017.

    Meanwhile in the city of Worms, in Rhineland-Palatinate, a 22-year-old migrant murdered his girlfriend (21) after an escalating conflict. The act of “one man” – as local mainstream media reported – happened on Wednesday night.

    The district in the north of Worms, where the deadly relationship dispute has occurred, is considered a “social focus” area, meaning that it is heavily populated by migrants. The public prosecutor Mainz is currently also examining the “illegal status” of the suspect.

    As reported by the Wormser Nibelungenkurier, mayor Michael Kissel of the leftist SPD party has “expressed horror over the act”. Nevertheless, Kissel demanded “that the act not be abused by right-wing populists for political issues”.

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