Some 780 000 Syrians have fled to Germany since 2011. This chaotic situation has not prevented some “refugees” from returning to their homeland during the holidays, reported the German newspaper Die Welt. It has angered the German Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer, who threatens to revoke the refugee status of these migrants, and thus their right to asylum.
“If a Syrian refugee regularly spends his holidays in Syria, he can not seriously claim to be persecuted in Syria. We’ll have to cancel his refugee status,” said the Minister in an interview with Bild.
“We will proceed with the referral when the situation [in Syria] will allow it,” he added, explaining that the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF), the German Migration and Refugee Office, would follow closely the movements of migrants who have been granted refugee status in Germany.
“In the first half of 2019, a total of 62 105 decisions regarding [refugee status] removal proceedings were made” for a variety of reasons, a BAMF spokeswoman said. Among them were 39 806 Syrians.
Horst Seehofer did not say how many people would be affected by this possible measure. In Germany, as in all other countries that have ratified the 1951 Geneva Convention, refugees are protected and can not be returned to their country of origin if they are threatened.