Berlin (dpa) – Thousands of asylum seekers living in Germany have already been deported or voluntarily left the country before coming back and reapplying, according to a report from the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
As of October 30, 2019, there were 4,916 asylum seekers in Germany who had already entered the country twice since 2012, and then were either deported or left voluntarily, and then came back again and applied a third time, the newspaper wrote, citing data from the German government.
There are 1,023 asylum seekers living in the country who are on their fourth attempt, 294 have applied five or more times.
The numbers make up only a small proportion of those who have applied for asylum in Germany. According to Germany’s Federal Statistical Office, 1.78 million people came to Germany seeking refuge between 2010 and 2018.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has called for European asylum reforms, including setting up a procedure to carry out an initial examination of migrants’ requests for protection before they enter Europe.
He announced the tightening-up of border controls by Berlin several weeks ago, in response to the controversial re-entry of the leading member of the Lebanese Miri clan to Germany.
Ibrahim Miri had been deported to Lebanon in July after being sentenced for gangland drug offences, but reappeared in the northern port city of Bremen at the end of October.
He was deported again in late October.