Germany Sends More Refugees to EU Neighbours


The German authorities, in the framework of the Dublin agreement, are increasingly sending refugees to other EU countries, Deutsche Welle said.

According to the publishing group Funke Mediengruppe, in the second quarter of 2018 Germany sent more refugees to the countries of the agreement than it accepted itself.

Germany sent 2,422 refugees to other countries, while accepted only 1,972 people. A year ago the ratio was different: more than 1,600 refugees were accepted. Over 300 employees at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), deal exclusively with migration issues under the Dublin agreement.

Germany sent refugees mostly to Italy, 14.2% of them came from Nigeria.

The media reports that often the decision to deport to Italy, as well as to Bulgaria, is canceled, since Sofia does not adhere to EU standards for the treatment of refugees.

“These figures do not speak of success, they often repeat that the Dublin agreement failed, but it is even worse when it works,” said Ula Jelpke, an expert on domestic policy of the parliamentary faction of the Left Party. People who seek protection, “are moved back and forth”, which is inhuman, she said.

On June 30, 2018 German media reported that Merkel agreed with 14 EU countries on the accelerated procedure for the return from Germany of refugees who were first registered in these states. Three countries on this list – Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary – later denied the existence of such an agreement.

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