More than half a million refugees continue to live in Germany despite having their asylum applications rejected.
A new government report shows there were 549,209 people in Germany who were denied asylum as of June, newspaper Bild reported Thursday. The vast majority have been in the country for at least six years.
Germany took 1 million migrants in 2015 alone, but only managed to successfully deport 22,369 people.
The process of deporting a migrant is often lengthy, and will in many cases allow the person to remain in the country for several years. The report states that 168,212 people are considered so-called “tolerated migrants” — meaning they can’t be returned to their countries of origin because they lack the necessary travel documents or their home nations refuse to cooperate.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere recently warned that many refugees commit crimes and drag out the court process to extend their stay in the country. (RELATED: Migrants In Germany Have Found An Easy Loophole To Avoid Deportation)
“A massive rise in the number of deportees would only occur if these procedural shortcomings are fixed,” de Maiziere said in June, according to Deutsche Welle.
A total of 219,000 migrants are currently set to be deported, but authorities expect just 27,000 to be executed.
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