Several thousand migrants are suing a special German deportation regulation in the corona crisis. This emerges from information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior to the Greens in the Bundestag, which is available to the dpa news agency.
According to the so-called Dublin rules, the country responsible for seeking asylum is usually the country on whose soil those seeking protection first entered the European Union. Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are also part of the system. If these people move to other European countries such as Germany, they can usually send them back within six months - afterwards they will be responsible for their asylum application themselves.
In the corona crisis, Germany suspended these Dublin transfers in March and only resumed in mid-June. Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of the Interior also temporarily suspended the six-month period so that people could be handed over later.
Greens complain of "bureaucratic madness"
According to the ministry, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) had informed around 21,700 asylum seekers about the suspension of the deadline by June 1. Otherwise, the responsibility for the asylum procedure would have passed to Germany in around 2,600 cases. 9,300 lawsuits against the Federal Office's decision were still pending at the beginning of June.
Germany thus deviates from the legal interpretation of the EU Commission, which made it clear in April that the period of six months after which a target country is responsible for an asylum application continues to apply.
The refugee policy spokeswoman for the Green Group, Luise Amtsberg, criticized the actions of the Interior Ministry. This shows Germany to be extremely unsound and torpedo the trustful cooperation in the EU. She said of those affected: "These people must now take legal action against their renditions - a bureaucratic madness." In particular, Italy should not be transferred to asylum seekers, particularly affected by the Corona pandemic.