Feb 01

Is Germany Paying African Nations To Take Back Rejected Refugees?:

As Der Freitag reports (via Google Translate), if the German authorities do not get rid of a refugee, you can just change his nationality. African embassies are paid for their help…

Joseph Koroma does not understand to this day why he was deported to Nigeria – a country in which he had never before set foot. When he fled to Germany in 2006, he applied for asylum and told his escape story: He had been persecuted in Sierra Leone, by supporters of the Poro secret society that controls whole regions in West Africa. They killed his father and threatened also to murder, unless he would join the Confederation him.

But the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees rejected the application for asylum. Among other things, questioned the officials, whether Koroma really come from Sierra Leone. He made ??a subsequent application and put new documents in front of his persecution, including a recent newspaper article, who took up his case. However, the application was subsequently rejected, Koroma sued – and lost. According to the competent ended court one could easily launch newspaper articles in Sierra Leone.

Now he was obliged to leave, but without a passport. So his stay by the German authorities was tolerated for many years – would be to his identity definitively clarified. In 2012, members of the Embassy of Nigeria changed his birthplace in the Nigerian state of Ogun – initially without Koroma’s knowledge. A year later knocked policemen at his bedroom door. He should quickly grab a few things, the officials said, they would take him. His plane to Nigeria fly in a few hours. Koroma was stunned.

As SputnikNews confirms,the procedure is claimed to take place in the framework of the so called “Readmission Agreements” and mainly applies to African countries.

According to these agreements, the countries have to readmit their own citizens who were rejected an asylum status by Germany. But despite that, they are encouraged to accept rejected asylum seekers from other countries, who travelled through these transit countries to get to Europe.

As reported by refugee rights organization Pro Asyl, African embassies are paid for their assistance. German immigration authorities have allegedly invited officials from African States to participate in special meetings where they “decide on refugees’ nationality.”

This is by no means a small issue. As Der Freitag continues, based on the most recent figures from the year 2014…

At that time, found, according to the Federal Police 50 mass hearings with representatives of African countries instead of 18. A total of 720 refugees were questioned, or an average of more than ten per appointment. In addition, an unknown number of hearings, organize the federal states. The “success rates” vary: In hearings by Nigerian delegations about half of the presented was declared citizens, at the Embassy of Benin there are three of the four escapees.

But the method is not only error-prone. There are also conflicts of interest. The embassy staff get namely money if they allow deportation. For Germany, this is cheaper than the month-long tolerance of refugees.

Cooperation with the Nigerian Embassy designed a long time difficult to staff a reimbursement for the hearings have been promised: 250 Euros per summons, another 250 euros for identification, including issuing the travel document. Benin employees will each receive 300 euros. The different levels will be officially on the grounds that it concerns charges of the respective embassy and Germany it had no effect.

Officially, the federal police does not comment on this case.

Away from the dubious method of establishing identity, the question arises whether it is reasonable to make precisely Nigeria one of the main deportation destinations in Africa. In 2012, a memorandum of understanding between Germany and Nigeria was signed, which determines the course of the hearings, and reaffirms the common will to work together. Even Frontex praises the close cooperation with Nigeria, there is a contract against “illegal migration”.

The situation in the African country is unstable.

Since late 2010, the Islamist militia Boko Haram perpetrated regularly attacks on the population. Even the state security forces are accused of serious human rights violations such as killings, brutal mistreatment and torture. The Embassy of the Republic of Nigeria wants to express no opinion on repeated request.

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