Deportations in the first half of the year fell to a low

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Airplane, about dts
The number of deportations in Germany fell to a low in the first half of 2020.

This emerges from the response of the Federal Ministry of the Interior to a request from the left-wing parliamentary group about which the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" reports. 4.616 people were sent back to their homeland in the first six months.

In the same period of the previous year there were 11.496 people and thus far more than twice as many. 3.877 deportations were made by plane, 996 women and 782 minors were among those affected. In 362 cases, the forces used violence to deport foreigners. 448 deportations failed, as the answer further shows. In 74 cases, pilots or airlines refused to board. The corona pandemic is one of the main reasons for the lower number of deportations. At the same time, the virus has caused the number of rejections at the borders to skyrocket. According to the ministry, 12.188 people were prevented from entering the country in the first half of the year. That was almost as many as in the whole of last year (13.689). One of the main reasons for rejections was "a threat to public health". In the previous year, the lack of valid travel documents was the main reason. In contrast to the previous year, most of the rejected were Romanians (1.488), Bulgarians (1.140) and Danes (1.040), which shows the effect of the corona-related border closings.

With a view to the ongoing pandemic, the Left MP Ulla Jelpke called for a deportation stop. "After there were hardly any deportations temporarily due to the corona pandemic, the deportation authorities are now making an effort to get the deportation machinery up and running again," she told the NOZ. “This is irresponsible because the pandemic is far from over. In order not to endanger the health of the people affected, the federal and state governments must stop all deportations until further notice. "