A Small Fraction Of Migrants In Germany Arrive From ‘Unsafe’ Countries

Jacob Bojesson | Foreign Correspondent

Less than 1,000 of the around 280,000 migrants who arrived in Germany in 2016 entered from “unsafe” countries, the country’s federal police agency said Sunday.

The European Union’s Dublin Regulation determines which country is responsible to examine refugees’ asylum applications based on where they first entered the EU. Germany has taken more migrants than any other member state in recent years but figures show that a small fraction of them fall under Germany’s responsibility.

“In 2016, a total of 903 asylum seekers who were not sent to Germany via a safe third country or a safe country of origin were identified by the federal police at German airports,” the agency told Welt am Sonntag.

Germany has struggled to deport migrants who had their asylum applications rejected. Horst Seehofer, the minister president of the state of Bavaria, called it a “great illusion” to think the country actually has the ability to deport all failed migrants.

“The question of deportation is a great illusion in Germany,” Seehofer said Friday, according to newspaper Focus. “It is almost impossible to send back the migrants once they are in the country.”

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