Migrants are committing crimes in Germany in order to delay deportation, the government says.
Germany is struggling to get rid of hundreds of thousands of refugees who got their asylum applications rejected — 219,000 are set to be expelled from the country. The government is trying to find ways to speed up the process, but the refugees have found an easy loophole in the system.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says deportees commit crimes shortly before they are scheduled to be expelled from the country. They then confess to the crimes, which gives them the right to stay in the country while the courts go through due process.
Another obstacle for the Germans is that the migrants’ home countries are unwilling to cooperate by issuing temporary passports to bring their citizens home. Deportees can get so-called “tolerance permits” issued, which allow them to stay in the country until all obstacles are cleared.
“A massive rise in the number of deportees would only occur if these procedural shortcomings are fixed,” de Maiziere said, according to Deutsche Welle.
The government expects 27,000 people to successfully be deported by the end of the year, a slight increase from 22,369 in 2015. The number of people who leave on their free will is expected to almost double from 37,200 in 2015 to 61,000.
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