In the Corona year 2020, the number of deportations was 10,800, less than half as high as in the previous year.
This emerges from information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior to the left-wing parliamentary group in the Bundestag, which the German Press Agency in Berlin has received.
In 2019 there were still 22,097 deportations.
The main destination countries last year were Georgia, where 928 people were deported, and Albania (926 people).
This is followed by Serbia and then France as the first EU country.
In so-called Dublin deportations, migrants are usually sent back to the EU country through which they entered.
Almost 9,000 people were deported by plane, around 1,780 by land and almost 50 by sea.
Almost 23 percent of those affected were women and just under 18 percent were minors.
Of the federal states, North Rhine-Westphalia initiated the most deportations with 2805.
The Interior Ministry classified the answer to the question of which airlines the people were deported with as classified;
So she replies to Parliament, which is not allowed to pass on the information.
"A public naming of airlines that offer return flights carries the risk that these companies will be exposed to public criticism and as a result will no longer be available for the transport of people who are required to leave the country", according to the ministry.
There were increasing reports that deportations were being carried out more and more ruthlessly, complained the domestic political spokeswoman for the left-wing faction, Ulla Jelpke.
"Old, sick people and people in need of treatment are also deported, even people who were born and raised in Germany and do not even speak the language of their supposed" home countries "." Airline companies that benefit from deportations are rightly criticized.
"Instead of engaging in secrecy, however, the federal government should rather change its refugee policy."