Germany under ‘great illusion’ it can deport failed asylum seekers – senior official

‘A “great illusion” prevails in Germany over the deportation of failed asylum applicants, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer argued, adding it is unrealistic to expel all migrants once they are in the country.

It is much more humane for European countries to protect common borders and decide on the spot whom to allow in than to accept migrants en masse and struggle to deport failed applicants, said Seehofer.

The politician, who also leads the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), told Focus magazine on Friday it was “almost impossible to send back migrants once they are in the country.” 

“I say this having a nine-year experience as [Bavaria’s] prime minister,”Seehofer told German magazine Focus. “A great illusion prevails in Germany when it comes to the issue of deportations,” the politician said.’

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