Wednesday 14 November 2018

German minister jokes about birthday deportations

The rejected asylum-seekers were the largest number Germany has returned to Afghanistan on one flight.

Horst Seehofer’s comment came as he presented a new plan that would see Germany’s 16 states get federal assistance for deportations (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
Horst Seehofer’s comment came as he presented a new plan that would see Germany’s 16 states get federal assistance for deportations (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Germany’s top security official has made light of the fact that his country deported 69 asylum-seekers to Afghanistan – on his 69th birthday.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer remarked on the number on Tuesday, but said of the deportation flight: “it wasn’t booked by me.”

The rejected asylum-seekers on the plane were the largest number Germany has returned to Afghanistan on one flight.

The country has vowed to step up deportations as part of a crackdown against people entering or remaining in the country illegally.

Mr Seehofer’s comment came as he presented a new plan that would see Germany’s 16 states get federal assistance for deportations.

Press Association

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