The Federal Government responsed to a request from AfD member of parliament Lars Herrmann on the issue.
The main countries of origin of those illegals tolerated include Afghanistan (15 747), Iraq (13 987) and Nigeria (8 046). In September 2018, 176 733 people were tolerated in the Federal Republic, by the end of 2017 there were 166 068.
“The subsequent legalisation of hundreds of thousands of unauthorized migration is in full swing – the keywords are training toleration and employment toleration,” Herrmann complained.
This unmistakably bears the rubber stamp of the Migration Compact signed by the Federal Government in December 2018, the deputy told Junge Freiheit, a conservative Berlin weekly.
“As a result, many previously tolerated foreigners will not show up on this statistic – and the Minister of the Interior can soon announce declining numbers in this statistic”, the former police officer warned. It is a “lane change through the back door”.
The numbers appear to be a major headache for German authorities. According to the most up-to-date data, Horst Seehofer Minister of the Interior, Building and Community since 2018 under Chancellor Angela Merkel, has requested to send more asylum seekers back to Italy. In the first quarter of 2019, 4 602 were sent back, a 50 percent increase compared to the previous quarter.
And apparently the methods used by the German government are certainly not ordinary. Some migrants have said that the German policemen first threw them on the ground to cuff them and then after having sedated them they were put a flight to Rome.
“I saw someone mad, trying to rebel against the transfer. After a while, however, the rioters had suddenly become quiet, they were almost asleep in their seats,” explained one of the migrants that was returned to Italy.
And the testimony of Raphael Reichel, head of an association that defends migrants in Germany, confirmed this: “Yes, there are likely sedations to prevent them from fleeing or rebelling against transfers. And not only in Germany: two months ago I know that an Afghan refugee from Lyon came drugged to Monaco.”
In short, Berlin is trying hard to send at least some migrants back to Italy.