More than 30,000 migrants due for deportation have gone missing under Merkel’s watch. The government has no clue to their whereabouts, German newspapers report.
Putting a spin on the situation, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry told reporters that some of these migrants may have self-deported. Despite this wishful thinking, it is more likely that most of these illegal immigrants are still within the country and have simply gone underground.
The news comes as Germany faces an imported crime wave. This year, police registered a more than 50 percent rise in crimes committed by immigrants. Going by the prevalent trend of underreporting migrant crime in Germany, the actual figures may be much higher.
Not just the law enforcement, but the German judiciary, too, has been clogged by asylum seekers. Courts are struggling to deal with the wave of cases filed by the migrants appealing the rejection of their asylum application. “The number of asylum cases being dealt with by German courts has risen by almost 500 percent in the past year,” reported the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
German newspaper Die Welt covered the ‘missing-migrant’ story:
More than 30,000 refugees, whose asylum applications had failed and were due for deportation, have gone missing without informing the authorities, media reports say. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told the Bild Zeitung, “It cannot be ruled out that some of these people, due for deportation according to the Central Foreigners Register, have left the country or have gone underground without the Immigration Office noting the change in their status.”
The newspaper [Bild Zeitung] came up with the figure of 30,000 by calculating the difference between the number of migrants due for deportation and those collecting welfare benefits. According to the data taken from the Central Foreigners Register maintained by the government, 54,000 individuals were marked for deportation by the end of December 2016. German Statistical Office could only account for 23,000, the report said. [Translation by the author]
The Police unions and people involved with the law enforcement have spoken up about the deteriorating law and order situation caused by migrants, only to be silenced by German politicians or labelled as bigots and racists by the media.
Last December, when the head of Germany’s Police Union, Rainer Wendt, warned that not everyone coming into the country was an asylum seeker and there were hardened criminals among the migrants, he was slammed by all the major political parties in Germany.
Ralf Stegner, deputy leader of the Social Democrats, Merkel’s junior coalition partner, called Wendt’s remarks "politically disgusting and stupid as one can get." A prominent German judge called Wendt "the Donald Trump of domestic politics" for daring to make the obvious connection between illegal immigration and crime. Calling someone ‘Trump’ is apparently the worst insult a liberal can come up nowadays with.
For Merkel and Germany’s ruling elite it is more important to shut out dissenting voices and carry on with their virtue signaling than to ensure the safety and well-being of ordinary Germans.
As for Merkel’s missing migrants: they won’t be missing for long. They will soon be resurfacing in Germany’s crime records.