Public support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been sliding as she was warned that the government’s failure to deport 500,000 rejected asylum seekers has affected he support base. It essentially ‘destroyed’ her public support due to this shortcoming.
Hans-Peter Friedrich, MP for Mrs. Merkel’s sister party, the Bavarian Christian Social Union said that the German people were slowly losing their confidence in Merkel, after seeing rejected asylum seekers still able to freely roam the state with impunity.
On Monday, a statistic was published by the German Parliament which indicated that there are 556,499 rejected asylum seekers who have stayed in Germany. Four out of five immigrants have resided in the country for more than six years which now gives them extra rights due to the length of their stay.
According to the Times, about half of these failed asylum seekers are either officially stateless, have medical conditions, or would not be accepted in their home country which is the basis for their right to stay indefinitely. Other migrants have chosen to stay in the country illegally or has claimed to have no identity documents which has delayed their expulsion.
Of the rejected asylum seekers, the largest group comes from Turkey with 76,919, Kosovo comes next with 68,114, Serbia with 49,746 and Afghanistan with 32,784. Most of these asylum seekers have been in the country since the 90’s.
Mr. Friedrich said that: “Allowing rejected asylum seekers to dance around the state like this is destroying the confidence of citizens in the capacity of the state to act,”
Reier Wendt, head of the federal police trade union warned that: “There is a deportation prevention industry, which must be changed urgently.”
In a report by Die Welt, under the Geneva Convention, asylum is granted for a period of three years, however almost all of the migrants granted asylum in Germany were allowed to stay indefinitely.