The EU has calculated the return rate of rejected asylum seekers. Compared to other EU-member states, Germany has deported the most rejected asylum seekers.

In the European Union, Germany ranks first place when it comes to deportations and voluntary returns of asylum seekers. According to the German newspaper "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung," Germany has deported and returned more rejected asylum seekers in 2017 than the number of persons who were requested to leave the country in form of a rejection notification.  

From January to September this year, almost 39,000 rejected asylum seekers have left the country, either voluntarily or by "force". In the same period of time, however, only 35,000 finalized exit decisions against rejected asylum seekers were declared valid, meaning they are legally binding.

The newspaper "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" reports the figures based on information provided by the German government.

Germany above the European average

In order to calculate the return rate of refugees, the number of voluntary returns together with the number of deportations is considered in relation to the number of final rejection notifications.

For the year 2016, the EU has calculated the its return rate of refugees to be 106 percent.  Germany, with a rate of 101 percent, lies above that of Malta. The  average rate in the EU among all the countries lies at about 46 percent.

Increase in voluntary returns

According to news reports, the number of asylum seekers has declined in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia due to the high number of voluntary returns and the number of deportations. Around 9,700 requests of voluntary returns have been granted in the first nine months of 2017. This is about 40 per cent of the nationwide return approvals.

Nationwide, from January until September 2017, over 24,000 refugees returned to their home country with the financial help of the German government. The number of those who actually returned in total, without or without any financial help, is higher than that (over 34,000). The people who return without any financial help are not being officially registered. These figures are based on the information of the Federal Ministry of the Interior

Deportation to central Iraq

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany has deported an Iraqi offender to central Iraq in November 2017 for the first time in many years – a region of Iraq that had been considered unsafe before.

Until September this year, 12 Iraqis, who were obliged to leave, have been deported to other regions in their home country – regions that are considered safe.

However, more than 8,000 Iraqis have left Germany through the voluntary return program since 2016.


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