Bamf boss Hans-Eckhard Sommer calls for more collective removals

Sunday, 24.11.2019
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The President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf), Hans-Eckhard Sommer, has called for more collective deportations of foreigners requiring exile. It was "always problematic to deport people on regular scheduled flights," said Sommer the newspapers of the Funke media group. "Often the pilots refuse, the administrative burden is high, the police have to accompany these flights and the collective deportations are the solution," said the Bamf boss.


"It's unacceptable that around 30,000 deportations failed last year," Sommer said. Prior to any deportation, the German authorities incur considerable expense. It would have to be obtained passport papers, the flight will be booked. "Then the person to be deported must actually be available to the officials, and exit custody and deportation detention are important support," Sommer told the Funke newspapers. "We need to help the police in their already very difficult deportation missions."

At the end of June 2019, there were approximately 246,700 aliens who had to leave the country in Germany. However, among those leaving the country there were only 145,000 with rejected asylum applications. Of the rejected asylum seekers, 119,000 were in possession of a toleration and are currently not deported. In the first half of 2019, the German authorities pushed around 11,500 people.

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