Germany Accuses Doctors Of Diagnosing Migrants As Sick To Help Them Avoid Deportation


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The German government is accusing doctors of issuing too many sick notes to migrants to help them avoid deportation.

Thomas de Maiziere, Germany’s interior minister, indirectly accused doctors of issuing fake sick notes to refugees in June. De Maiziere didn’t assert his claims with any official statistics, and doctors and politicians quickly dismissed it as exaggerated.

“It can’t be true that 70 percent of men under the age of 40 are declared sick and not fit to travel before deportation,” de Maiziere said in June. “Experience suggests this is not the case.”

A new report from the government backs up de Maiziere’s accusations. Many medical files stand out in the way they come from the same doctor with identical notes, and lack a solid explanation for why the person can’t travel, newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

Vague formulations such as “presumptive diagnosis” are used to declare the migrants unfit to travel.

Germany currently has more than 500,000 rejected asylum seekers in the country. (Half A Million Rejected Asylum Seekers Remain In Germany)

A total of 219,000 migrants are currently set to be deported, but authorities expect just 27,000 to be executed by the end of the year.

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