No Takesy Backsies: Germany Sends ‘Angry Letters’ To Countries Refusing To Take Back Migrants

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Germany sent angry letters to 17 countries refusing to take their deported citizens back.

Germany is frustrated with the lack of cooperation these countries show in helping their citizens after they were deported from Germany. The letters were sent to the governments in North and West Africa, as well as the Indian subcontinent.

A common problem is that as many as 70 percent of refugees that come to Germany don’t have proper documentation. Authorities have a difficult time proving their nationalities and no one wants to help them with the process.

Just 21,000 out of around 200,000 denied migrants in 2015 left. The remaining 179,000 now live as “tolerated” people, without any rights to work or receive welfare. That number will grow quickly with almost one million applications pending — the root of Germany’s desperation.

The most problematic countries are Pakistan, Algeria and Tunisia. Pakistan has been particularly reluctant to take its citizens back. Just three out of 533 Pakistanis who had their applications rejected in 2013 actually left. (RELATED: Germany’s Largest State Bans Immigration From Morocco After Cologne Attacks)

Germany recently added a number of North African countries to its list of “safe countries” in order to make it easier to reject and deport them.

Germany’s Ministry of the Interior Wednesday confirmed it flew 125 refugees back to Afghanistan.

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