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More asylum seekers brought across Europe


For the first time since the beginning of the refugee crisis in 2015, Germany sent more asylum seekers to other European countries in 2015 than was transferred from there.

There had been a total of 9,209 so-called Dublin renditions from Germany to other European countries in 2018, said a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior on Monday in Berlin. For its part, the Federal Republic took over 7580 people from European countries.

Under the Dublin rules, the EU state is usually responsible for asylum applications, on whose soil people seeking protection first entered the European Union. Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are also part of the system.

Asked about the reasons for the development, the spokesman for the ministry pointed among other things to the high number of asylum applications in Germany in 2015 and 2016. The German authorities were only partially able to meet the necessary deadlines. If the transfer does not take place within six months, responsibility for the procedure is usually transferred to the country that volonteers to transfer the migrant.

In 2016, according to the spokesman, only 3,968 people were transferred to other Dublin-accord countries, while conversely 12,091 people came to Germany.

Last year six migrants were brought to Greece under the Dublin rules for the first time. From 2011 to 2017, this did not happen. There would only be transfers there if the Greek authorities gave individual assurances for dealing with those affected, said the spokesman. The number of rejected renditions is high and unique in the EU, according to the spokesman. The conditions for asylum seekers in Greece are considered desolate. Reception camps are overcrowded.

After the response of the Federal Interior Ministry to a request of the left Bundestag MP Ulla Jelpke it went in a third of all initial applications for asylum to a Dublin case. The answer covering the period from January to November 2018 is available to the German Press Agency. Previously, the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (Monday) reported on it. The main destination for intra-European deportations was Italy, where nearly every third asylum-seeker transferred had been taken.

Written by: Grace Kennedy

Grace Kennedy is a leading journalist, columnist of events in Ireland and beyond. 8 years in journalism, since she dropped out of university and ran away from home.

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